Folio 68v Commentary
|f68v Text: Scitalis has a glittering skin. The Anphivena
has two heads, one at each end. The Ydrus lives in the
Illustrations: Three pictures. The scitalis has a dog's head,
wings and two feet. In the margin, beside the scitalis text is the sketch
of a pointed reptile's wing. The anphivena is shown with two heads,
wings and claws. Amphisbaena are in fact limbless lizards, wormlike
creatures with rounded head and tail and can move in two directions.
This animal is pricked for pouncing.
The ydrus is killing a crocodile by crawling into its mouth and tearing
it apart. No animal attacks the crocodile in the manner described but
the large Nile monitor lizard eats crocodile eggs, and the many types
of Nilotic worm crawl in and out of the flesh of dead animals. The word
'ictrie' is written on the body of ydrus. This means icturus
or jaundice yellow. Red (A) in margin is a guide for the initial, type
2. This is a Physiologus subject.
The scitalis illustration in detail
The anphivena illustration in detail
The ydrus illustration in detail