Dermophis – Mexican caecilians

Worm-like amphibians also commonly known as Neotropical caecilians

Members of this genus are fascinating and bizarre-looking amphibians. They look like a cross between a snake and an eel, but they are neither.

Despite reaching gargantuan lengths, these animals are rarely seen by people. Most species spend the majority of their lives underground. They may look soft on the outside, but inside a caecilian’s mouth are dozens of needle-sharp teeth that they use to capture their prey. While these amphibians possess no arms or legs, they are powerful diggers, using a solid skull and muscles that run the length of their body to drive through the dirt.