1795C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.I. 284In my various excursions to Table Mountain, I observed in its crevices both Dasses and Baboons.
1798S.H. Wilcocketr. ofJ.S. Stavorinus’s Voy. to E. IndiesI. 35Dassen, or Badger Island..is improperly called Coney Island..: it has its name from the quantities of a species of Guinea-rat, or the cavia capensis,..which are wrongfully called dassen or badgers, by the people of the Cape.
1801J. BarrowTrav.I. 27In the caverns of Table Mountain..is found in considerable numbers a small dusky-coloured animal..called here the Das..and by Pennant..[the] Cape Cavy.
1812A. Plumptretr. ofH. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. (1928) I. 88The das or hyrax capensis of Linnaeus, is a small dusky coloured animal, about the size of a rabbit, with short ears and no tail, which inhabits many of the mountains in the colony.
Associated by some with the rock monitor Varanus exanthematicus subspecies albigularis. See also leguaan.
1849A. SmithIllust. of Zoo. of S. Afr.: Reptilia Pl.2Varanus Albigularis...The animal which is called the Das adder by the colonists, and which is so much dreaded under an idea of its being extremely venomous.
a1875T. BainesJrnl of Res. (1964) II. 77I had repeatedly heard accounts of an animal called the dass-adder, a union of the form of the dassie — Hyrax Capensis — and the snake, but had doubted its existence.
1934C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 38The Research Bureau of The Argus 5/5/34 states: the das adder is a purely fabulous animal and its existence only as real as a purely fallacious belief can make it. It is interesting as an essentially South African belief. The beast is said to exist in mountainous regions and to have the head of a ‘dassie’ or rock rabbit, and the body of a snake.
1951L.G. GreenGrow Lovely 138The mystery of the das-adder — a fabulous monster with the head of a dassie and the body of a snake..the ‘das-adder’ legend persists in the Cape, and some people in the country cannot be shaken in their belief.
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