Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
452. THE LIZARD AND THE SNAKE
Perry 552 (Phaedrus
A lizard happened to be looking the other way when a snake grabbed her
from behind. The snake then opened his gaping maw to swallow the lizard
but the lizard grabbed a little twig that was lying near by and blocked
the snake's greedy mouth with this clever obstacle, holding the twig turned
firmly sideways between her teeth. The snake thus failed to capture his
quarry and the lizard got away.
Note: There is a promythium appended to the fable in Perotti's
Appendix: 'Where the skin of the lion doesn't fit, one must wear
the fox's habit; in other words, where force is not enough, cleverness
must be used instead.' This saying was proverbial in Greek (e.g., Plutarch,
Life of Lysander 7).
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.