Gymnoph’ – Caecilians

Limbless, serpentine amphibians distributed in the tropics of South and Central America, Africa, and southern Asia

These amazing amphibians are not even widely known to exist!

Though that makes sense given that people hardly ever see caecilians because they lead extremely secretive lives in burrows or under the water. They lack limbs and may resemble eels or earthworms, depending on whether they are terrestrial or aquatic. Due to their weak vision, they mostly rely on their sense of smell to locate food and partners. Their skin is moist and may have ring-like marks around their body, like all amphibians.

Termites, insects, and vegetative waste have all been found in their meals; however, we don’t know much about what they eat specifically.

Only 25% of the Gymnophiona species we know about are oviparous (egg-laying); the rest are viviparous (give birth to live young).