Huilla

Freshwater Monster of the West Indies.

Etymology: Huilla is a common name for the Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) in South America.

Physical description: Serpentine. Length, 25-50 feet. Moss green. Scaly. Horselike head.

Behavior: Amphibious. Swims swiftly by flexing its body into arches. Migrates from one body of water to another. Emits a high-pitched whistle.

Tracks: Three-toed.

Distribution: Ortoire River, Trinidad.

Sources: Edward L. Joseph, History of Trinidad (London: A. K. Newman, 1838); John O. Brathwaite (letter), Strange Magazine, no. 18 (Summer 1997): 2.

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