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The first meaning of the term bastard that mentions the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ) in your dictionary refers to he who declines his natural origin, who does not know him or who does not correspond to him .

Derived from ancient French enough, the concept usually refers to the descendant of a couple what is not united through marriage . A bastard is also the illegitimate descendant of a known man and the individual whose father not accredited .

In other words, bastard is a illegitimate child or whose progenitor is unknown . Traditionally, whether socially or legally, bastard children always received worse treatment than legitimate children.

Let's suppose Mario is married to Laura and that Ruben He is the husband of Martina . Beyond this formal link, Mario and Martina they are lovers. Fruit of this extramarital relationship is born Claudio . It can be said, therefore, that Claudio is the bastard son of Mario and Martina .

Also called a bastard is that child whose father no this identified and, therefore, does not assume the obligations inherent in paternity. Yes one woman She becomes pregnant after a rape and the person responsible for this crime is never caught, the descendant of the victim is a bastard child.

A snake of great size , a boa , the candle that used certain vessels in ancient times, a kind of lime employed by locksmiths and a type of sword They are other notions that are called bastard or bastard.

Bastard, finally, is a insult : "Don't be a bastard and give me back the money", “You are a damn bastard! I will never forgive you for what you have done to my son ”, "That bastard José thinks he can fool us, but he won't have any luck".

The bastard snake

Scientific name Malpolon monspessulanus, the bastard snake is a reptile flaky belonging to the family called Colubridae. Its teeth, ribbed and capable of inoculating venom, are found in the posterior area of ​​the oral cavity, so this snake is classified as opistoglifa. It is worth mentioning that it does not represent a danger to our species.

The adult males of the bastard snake can reach more than 2 meters in length, although generally their length is shorter; however, in exceptional cases extensions greater than 2.55 meters have been recorded. This data makes it the kind of snake largest in the European continent.

Of its total extension, its tail represents roughly a quarter. He colour of its back is brownish or greenish, usually uniform, with a series of blackish spots in the anterior third and a yellowish section in the lower parts.

The shape of his head is very particular, since his eyes are very large and have protruding supraocular scales, which resemble eyebrows that make his eyes especially menacing. With respect to the scales on the back, they have arches and are smooth, and form almost two dozen rows in the central part of the body , with a maximum number of 189 scales on the belly.

It is estimated that the bastard snake emerged in the Maghreb, the westernmost region of the Arab World, and that migrated to the southwest of the European continent approximately one hundred thousand years ago (estimates suggest that the most remote date could be 168,000 years ago, while the most recent one, 83,000 years ago).

With respect to his behavior, he is not a very climbing snake, but prefers contact with the earth, he is very fast and aggressive. Its feeding is based on small mammals, lizards and birds, although it can get to practice the cannibalism . During the breeding period, the female can lay up to 18 eggs.

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