Siphonops – Ringed caecilians

A genus of legless serpentine amphibians containing only five species

These amphibians are either aquatic or live in burrows that they dig themselves. They are nearly blind and traverse their underground passageways using a combination of face tentacles and slime. To incapacitate prey, ringed caecilians employ secretions from snake-like mouth glands. They have dozens of needle-like teeth in their mouths. They eat worms, termites, and other soil-dwelling invertebrates, although certain species will also devour tiny snakes, frogs, and lizards.

Depending on the species, they might be grey, brown, black, purple, green, blue, orange, or yellow. The bright hues deter predators.