Indotyphlidae – Common caecilians

Found in Africa, Seychelles and India; formerly placed in family Caeciliidae

Members of this family have a spotty distribution in parts of India, Africa, and the Seychelles Islands.

In the wild, little is known about these species. Scientists don’t know much about how these organisms survive, what they need, or how they behave. It’s unclear how they interact with one another or whether they live entirely alone.

These caecilians’ skull is bullet-shaped, robust, thick-boned, and has skin that adheres tightly. Caecilians, like earthworms, prefer to dwell underground, in burrows and underground tunnels. Their robust, thick, pointed, and hard caecilian skull digs up soft earth.