Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of September, 1883
Royal Society of Tasmania , (1883) Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of September, 1883. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania . ix-xi.
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The monthly evening meeting of the Society was held on Monday,
10th September, Mr. C. T. Belstead in the chair.
From Mr. B. R. Dyer-Two specimens of the peculiar lizard
[In a note which accompanied this presentation, Mr. Dyer remarks:—
"I send two fine specimens of the large, harmless, lizard, wrongly called
by the majority of people in Tasmania the 'Death Adder.' While on
the subject of lizards, could not a local be inserted in the Mercury and other papers on behalf of the poor harmless so-called 'Guana' (Sleeping
Lizard). In my many business callings over all parts of Tasmania I
have found a general desire to destroy these reptiles under the erroneous
impression that they are venomous! It is very generally admitted that
the sleeping lizard (Cyclodus nigrolutens) will attack and kill snakes; and
I can certainly, of my own experience, assert that they will kill young
snakes. What a pity then to destroy them!"
The Hon. Secretary read a paper contributed by Dr. E. T. Higgins
and Mr. W. F. Petterd, entitled a "Description of a new species of Mus, with a list of the terrestrial animals of Tasmania."
|Additional Information:||In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.|
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