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Thompson's caecilian, Tatama National Park, Colombia A unusual find at night on the forest floor of Tatama National Park, Colombia. This is endemic to Colombia and the largest known caecilian in the world, at around 1.5m in length. This one definitely was around that size. <br />
They spent most of their lives below the soil yet occasionally come out and crawl around in snake-like movements, despite being fully blind.<br />
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They are very fast and impossibly strong. Our guide could not hold on to it even with two hands. They even have reinforced skulls to help digg into hard soil. Caecilia thompsoni,Cerro Montezuma,Choco,Chocó,Colombia,Colombia Choco & Pacific region,Montezuma,South America,Tatama National Park,Tatamá National Park,World Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Thompson's caecilian, Tatama National Park, Colombia

A unusual find at night on the forest floor of Tatama National Park, Colombia. This is endemic to Colombia and the largest known caecilian in the world, at around 1.5m in length. This one definitely was around that size.
They spent most of their lives below the soil yet occasionally come out and crawl around in snake-like movements, despite being fully blind.

They are very fast and impossibly strong. Our guide could not hold on to it even with two hands. They even have reinforced skulls to help digg into hard soil.

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  1. Update: I had this identified as Caecilia nigricans, but our guide suggests Caecilia thompsoni. I checked reference and this makes more sense in both appearance and distribution. And that makes it an even more special spotting for me, as this one is endemic, as well as the largest known caecilian in the world. Posted 2 years ago

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''Caecilia thompsoni'', commonly called Thompson's caecilian is a species of amphibian in the Caeciliidae family.
It is endemic to Colombia. It is the largest of the worm-like caecilians and reaches a length of 1.5 m and can weigh up to about 1 kg .
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, plantations, rural gardens, and heavily degraded former forest.

Similar species: Caecilians
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Jan 24, 2018. Captured Oct 18, 2017 20:56.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/6.3
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm