With reference to CD's account of the subterranean habits of the tucutuco [Journal of researches, p. 58], sends her personal experience of having seen them come out of their burrows. One which she caught was not blind.
Glen Stuart, | Annan, | N. B.
Whilst reading the other day your very interesting account
of ``A Naturalist's Voyage round the world''—I came across a
passage descriptive at Maldonado of the subterranean habits of the
tucutuco in which you express the belief that this animal never comes to
the surface of the ground.— I am sure it will be interesting to you
to know that tho' this may be the usual habits of the tucutuco that
there are exceptions. In 1879, I spent 6. months on the Pampas and in
the Cordillera Mountains of Southern Patagonia and during my
wanderings over the plains I have had occasion to notice in places
tenanted by the tucutuco, as many as five or six of these little animals
at a time outside their burrows. This was on moonlight nights, and I
Trusting you will forgive the seeming presumption on my part I beg to remain very faithfully yours. | Florence Dixie.
From | Lady Florence Dixie.