Great crested newt
Great crested newt (Triturus cristata) underwater. It is named for the large crest that develops on the backs of the males in the mating season. The juveniles lack the dark-spotted orange bellies of the adults. This newt can reach 11-18 centimetres in length, feeding at night on invertebrates in and around water. It hibernates in the winter. The great crested newt is found in northern Europe, and is protected under European law.
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A gorgon and panthers from the pediment of the temple of Artemis on Corfu. Artist: Unknown
The archaic west pediment of the temple of Artemis on Corfu, showing Medusa in the centre fleeing from Perseus. On the left side is Pegasus, and on the right is Chyrisppus, the man with the golden sword. On either side are panthers, acting as protection for the temple. In the Corfu Archaeological Museum.
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'The Kitchen-God', 1922. Creator: Unknown
'The Kitchen-God', 1922. The Kitchen God is the most important of Chinese domestic gods who protect the hearth and family, recognised in Chinese folk religion, Chinese mythology, and Taoism. From "Myths and Legends of China", by E. T. C. Werner. [George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, Calcutta, Sydney, 1922]
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