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to the bottom of the water: then presently the frog appeared again at the top, and croaked, and seemed to rejoice like a coriqueror, after which he presently retired to his secret hole. The bishop, that had beheld the battle, called his fisherman to fetch his nets, and by all means to get the Pike that they might declare what had happened: and the Pike was drawn forth, and both his eyes eaten out; at which when they began to wonder, the fisherman wished them to forbear, and assured them he was certain that Pikes were often so served." *
I told this, which is to be read in the sixth chapter of the f book of Dubravius, unto a friend, who replied, " It was as improbable as to have the mouse scratch out the cat's eyes." But he did not consider, that there be Fishing-frogs, which the Dalmatians call the Water-devil, of which I might tell you as wonderful a story: but I shall tell you that 'tis not to be doubted but that there be some frogs so fearful of the water-snake, that when they swim in a place in which they fear to meet with him, they then get a reed across into their mouths; which, if they two meet by accident, secures the frog from the strength and malice of the snake; and note, that the frog usually swims the fastest of the two.8
And let me tell you, that as there be water and land frogs, so there be land and water snakes. Concerning which take this observation, that the land-snake breeds and hatches her eggs, which become young snakes, in some old dunghill, or a like hot place: but the water-snake, which is not venomous, and as I have been assured by a great observer of such secrets, does not
8 which secures him if they two meet by accident, for you are to note, that the frog swims the faster.—arf edit.
* Mr Pennant, in his Zoology, 4to, Lond. 1776, vol. iv. p. 1o, has the following remark on this passage of the Complete Angler :—
"As frogs adhere closely to the backs of their own species so we know they will do the same by fish: Walton mentions a strange story of their destroying pike ; but that they will injure, if not entirely kill carp, is a fact indisputable from the following relation: A very few years ago, on fishing a pond belonging to Mr Pitt, of Encombe, Dorsetshire, great numbers of the carp were found each with a frog mounted on it, the hind legs clinging to the back, the fore legs fixed in the corner of each eye of the fish, which were thin and greatly wasted, teased by carrying so disagreeable a load. These frogs we imagine to have been males disappointed of a mate."—E.
"In the moncth of March, at which time Todes doe ingender, the Tode will many times covet to fasten himselfe uppon the head of the Carpe, and will thereby invenime the Carpe, in such sort that the Carpe will swell as great as he may held, so that his scales will stand as it were on edge, and his eyes stand out of his head neare halfe an inch, in very ugly sort: and in the end will for the most part die thereof: and it is very dangerous for any person to eate of any such Carpe so invenimed."—Taveruer's Experiments on Fish, 8ic. 4to, 16oo, p. a3.
t Walton should have said of the first hook; for there it is to be found.—H.