Anguis e rubro & albo various: The Corn Snake.
This Snake is sometimes twice as big as the Figure. It is all over
beautifully marked with red, and white, which seems to have given
it the Name of Corn-Snake; there being some Maize or Indian
Corn much resembling this in Colour; they are Robbers of Hen-Roosts,
otherwise they are harmless. They are common in Virginia
Viscum Caryophylloides ramosum, floribus minimis albis.
This Plant from a bulbous Root riseth with four or five, and sometimes
more succulent Leaves; which before it flowers, resemble both in
Root and Leaf a Narcissus; from the middle of the Leaves
rises a slender stiff Stem, about eighteen Inches long, at the upper
Part of which are alternately placed its Flowers, singly on short
Footstalks. The Flower is hollow, the Back of the Cup growing into
a pointed Petal, and from the Bottom of the Cup on each Side spreads
two pointed Petals, the whole Flower of a light Green, within the
Hollow of it are yellow Stamina. These Flowers are succeded
by small semilunar Seed-Vessels, both Ends being blunt, and one
bigger than the other, containing very small dusty Seeds. They grow
on bare Rocks on many of the Bahama Islands, and sometimes
upon Trees, in the Manner of Misselto.