from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A venomous serpent of southern India and Ceylon, Hypnale nepa, a viviparous species of the viperine series.


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  • The effect, however, is not uniformly fatal; a circumstance which the natives explain by asserting that there are three varieties of the carawala, named the _hil-la_, the _dunu_, and the _mal_-carawala; the second being the largest and the most dreaded.

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon

  • Of ten species of snakes that ascend trees in Ceylon to search for squirrels and lizards, and to rifle the nests of birds, one half, including the green _carawala_, and the deadly _tic polonga_, are believed by the natives to be venomous; but the truth of this is very dubious.

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon

  • The third is the _carawala_ [6], a brown snake of about two feet in length; and for the fourth, of which only a few specimens have been procured, the Singhalese have no name in their vernacular -- a proof that it is neither deadly nor abundant.

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon

  • But Dr. Davy's estimate of the venom of the _carawala_ is below the truth, as cases have been authenticated to me, in which death from its bite ensued within a few days.

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon


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