America is the country of the rattlesnake; Africa, of the cerastes; and Asia, of the hooded snake, or cobra di capello.
The name cerastes, or horned, has been given to it on account of these projections.
Now neither the Cobra nor the cerastes is actually a water serpent.
The cerastes is of a very pale brown color, and is spotted with large, unequal, and irregularly-placed spots.
The cerastes is also employed occasionally by the snake-charmers.
The species of cerastes and of Echis have the nostrils much smaller than the preceding, and are Vipers of less formidable size.
In the two species of cerastes, or Horned Viper, the eyebrows of the male bear commonly a sort of horn.
At a relatively late period other snakes were adopted as surrogates of the cobra and cerastes.
He is called the cerastes, and is venomous, I believe, though not one of the worst kinds of poisonous snakes.
In fine, madam, if examples can soothe your grief, remember that Venus changed cerastes into an ox.