Snake, New Guinea, 1822-1825.
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Engraved plate by Coutant after Bevalet, from 'Voyage autour du monde', ('Voyage round the world') by Louis Isidore Duperrey (1826). This non-venomous snake was found on the island of New Guinea, which is now divided between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Duperrey (1786-1865), a French marine hydrographer, was the commander of the 'Coquille' during its voyage (1822-1825) to Chile, Peru, Polynesia, the Molucca Islands (Indonesia), New Ireland (Papua New Guinea) and Australia.