Beasts and birds: Viper

gr. ἔχιδνα
lat. viper

When the young of the viper are ready to be born they gnaw their way out of her womb.
© Ana Stoykova 1994, 2009-2012
Medieval South Slavic Physiologus: the Viper, children of the viper gnaw out of her womb. Medieval Literature
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