image catesbyrs vol256
Image number: RS.18801
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Eastern hog-nosed snake

Date

1731

Creator

Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

18894

Material

Technique

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > snake

Description

Zoological study of a Eastern hog-nosed snake, Heterodon platirhinos, referred to here as Anguis capite viperino, shown alongside a swamp lily, Lilium superbum. The Eastern hog-nosed snake is native to North America.

Inscribed below: 'Anguis &c Lilium &c'

Written in the associated description: 'I suspected he was of the venemous Tribe, till searching in his Mouth for the hollow Viper's Fangs, I could discover only small Teeth'.

Plate 56 from volume II of Mark Catesby’s The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1731).

Mark Catesby (1683-1749), British naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733. Travelling under the auspices of the Royal Society, Catesby recorded the earliest western scientific descriptions of the flora and fauna of the ‘New World’. He was the first naturalist to use folio-sized colour plates in a natural history book, and etched the copper plates himself before hand-colouring each individual print with watercolours.

Associated place

<The World>
   > North America
      > United States
<The World>
   > North America
      > Bahamas