Jar Museum - horned desert viper / cerastes cerastes
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Bocal Museum also called flute.
Old glass jar filled with alcohol. Closed by a glass disc.
From a former veterinarian who worked at the Ecole Vétérinaire de Maisons-Alfort. These jars are from his work at the school. By cross-checking the various information of the seller with the labels found on the jars, a part comes from the Faculty of Zoology of the University of Algiers from the 1920s to the 1930s. Some specimens come from Professor Léon Gaston Seurat.
In an interview with his son, Silvère Seurat, he says: He was also part of the first scientific mission to the Hoggar (Algerian mountain range) in 1931 for the centenary of the conquest of Algeria. They were some professors of the University walking on camels in the mountains, in the middle of the desert. I can still remember welcoming her with a whole series of iron trunks, full of horned vipers, scorpions and other pets.
He sometimes put his menagerie in the bathtub because all these animals had to live! A horned viper in a bathtub is totally harmless, unless you take a bath, of course!"
Maybe he was talking about that viper!
This flute dates from December 09, 1936 as indicated on the label, after the expedition in the Hoggar.
It contains a horned viper - Vipera cerastes from North Africa.
Specimen without horns, which rarely happens.
From the Laboratory of General Zoology of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Algiers.
A glass plate inside the flute prevents the specimen from floating and also allows a better study by placing the specimen against the Walls.
The alcohol level has dropped. Silicone has been added to the emery cap to improve sealing.
Flute blown in the mouth, trace of the cane.
Diameter of the base 10.5cm. Diameter of the tube: 6cm