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Long and legless but not a snake!! Caecilian - Uraeotyphlus sp | Coorg | Aug 2015 <br />
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The place was not wet as it is supposed to be in this time of the year. We started exploring the forest floor. The leaves were almost dry with very little moisture. I started to look under the rocks and logs, only to find lots of termites and ants. One of the log was free of ants and termites, i knew there would be something but never thought i would see a caecilian. It was very calm and not moving. I had never seen a caecilian so calm. After documenting, left him under the same log under which he was found. Most of the caecilians that i have come across is during night and in streams. Earlier in july i came across 2 caecilian larvae in Agumbe in morning, in a small rain fed stream. They were very fast and were moving upstream. And a few adults in Amboli at night in streams. This was my first caecilian in this part of coorg!!  amphibian,caecilian,coorg,data deficient,india,karnataka,legless amphibian,monsoon,western ghats Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Long and legless but not a snake!!

Caecilian - Uraeotyphlus sp | Coorg | Aug 2015

The place was not wet as it is supposed to be in this time of the year. We started exploring the forest floor. The leaves were almost dry with very little moisture. I started to look under the rocks and logs, only to find lots of termites and ants. One of the log was free of ants and termites, i knew there would be something but never thought i would see a caecilian. It was very calm and not moving. I had never seen a caecilian so calm. After documenting, left him under the same log under which he was found. Most of the caecilians that i have come across is during night and in streams. Earlier in july i came across 2 caecilian larvae in Agumbe in morning, in a small rain fed stream. They were very fast and were moving upstream. And a few adults in Amboli at night in streams. This was my first caecilian in this part of coorg!!

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  1. That's a pretty neat looking creature. Posted 4 years ago
  2. Very interesting find! Any idea about the species? Posted 4 years ago
    1. No freddy, all i can think of is Id at genus level- Uraeotyphlus Posted 4 years ago
  3. Coorg is located in the Karnataka region.
    Looking at this link http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02728526#page-13 Based on range distribution of caecilians as described by the link Uraeotyphlus narayani is the only Uraeotyphlus located in Karnataka. The rest are found just south into the Karala region.
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. Caecilians in India are one of the least studied. This might be U narayani or may be a new species or a sub species. When i'm not sure of the exact species i try to settle at genus level unless an expert confirms!! Posted 4 years ago

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