A Congo Caecilian caecilian (Herpele squalostoma)
This is a west African caecilian (Herpele squalostoma) and is known as the Congo caecilian. They are “fossorial” or live beneath the ground in soil and decomposing vegetation. Every aspect to the body plan of this species revolves around burrowing. Its eyes are covered by bone, its muscles can generate tremendous forces to push its body through the soil, and it has many sharp teeth for capturing food, which includes earthworms. This individual is a female. It was collected in Cameroon.
Herpele squalostoma is a species of amphibian in the Herpelidae family. It is also known by the common name Congo caecilian. It is found in Central and Western Africa (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria, and possibly Angola). Its natural habitats are tropical moist lowland forests, plantations, rural gardens, and heavily degraded former forest