Guirivilu

Freshwater Monster of South America. Etymology: Araucanian, "fox serpent." Variant names: Glyryvilu, Neguruvilu. Physical description: Serpentine. Foxlike head. Long tail with a double row of pointed nails and a claw at the tip.

Behavior: Said to kill animals and people by enveloping them. Habitat: Lakes.

Distribution: Southern Chile; Neuquén Province, Argentina.

Sources: Giovanni Ignazio Molina, The Geographical, Natural, and Civil History of Chili (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, 1809); Robert Lehmann-Nitsche, "La pretendida existencia actual del Grypotherium," Revista del Museo de La Plata 10 (1902): 277-279; Julio Vicuña-Cifuentes, Mitos y supersticiones recogidos de la tradicion oral Chilena (Santiago de Chile: Universitaria, 1915), pp. 65-66; Hartley Burr Alexander, Latin American Mythology [1920] (New York: Cooper Square, 1964), p. 328.

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