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Srgt Pryor arrives at Fort Clatsop in a borrowed canoe having successfully traded for fresh fish with Indians living up the Columbia River. Srgt Gass leads a party in search of a canoe that went adrift. Lewis describes several reptiles.

Sergt. Pryor arrived with a small canoe loaded with fish which he had obtained from the Cathlahmah's
The dogs at the Cathlahmahs had bitten the trong asunder which confined his canoe and she had gone a drift.

Meriwether Lewis

Small Chinook canoe

Replica of Chinook canoe with a small basket of fish, paddles, and two weights

The garter snake so called in the United states is very common in this country; they are found in great numbers on the open and sometimes marshey grounds in this neighbourhood.
they differ not at all from those of the U' States.

Meriwether Lewis

Pacific red-sided garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis

Snake with long yellow stripe and horizontal red and black markings

the black or dark brown lizzard we saw at the rock fort Camp at the commencement of the woody country below the great narrows and falls of the Columbia; they are also the same with those of the United States.

Meriwether Lewis

Western fence lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis

Small lizard with wood-like tan and brown coloring

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The snail is numerous in the woody country on this coast; they are in shape like those of the United States, but are at least five times their bulk.

Meriwether Lewis

Snail, Allogona townsendiana

Snail: small snail on a green leaf

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There is a speceis of water lizzard of which I saw one only just above the grand rapids of the Columbia.
it is about 9 inches long the body is reather flat and about the size of a mans finger covered with a soft skin of a dark brown colour with an uneven surface covered with little pimples the neck and head are short, the latter terminating in an accute angular point and flat.
the belley and under part of the neck and head were of a brick red every other part of the colour of the upper part of the body a dark brown.
the mouth was smooth, without teeth.

Meriwether Lewis

Rough-skinned newt, Taricha granulosa

Brick red lizard with bumpy skin

The Mule Deer we have never found except in rough Country; they prefer the Open Grounds and are Seldom found in the wood lands near the river

William Clark

Columbian black-tailed deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus

Columbian Black-tailed Deer: Deer with a black tail

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I have Some reasons to believe that the Calumet Eagle is Sometimes found on this Side of the Rocky mountains from the information of the Indians in whose possession I have Seen their plumage.
the feathers of the tail which is so highly prized by the Indians is composed of twelve broad feathers of equal length those are white except about two inches at the extremity which is of a jut black.
they also deckerate their own caps or bonnets with those feathers

William Clark

Golden eagle, Aquila chrysaetos

Large, dark bird with talons in flight

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