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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. African amphibia,African amphibian,Amphibia,Caecilidae,Cameroon,Congo caecilian,Herpele squalostoma,burrowing,caecilian,congo caecilian,fossorial,gymnophiona,legless amphibian,west Africa,west African,worm feeding Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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.

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  1. Extraordinary, and one of the first observations from Cameroon! I've witnessed the strength of the muscles last year as our guide, a fully grown strong man, couldn't handhold a Caecilian.

    And interesting detail: Herpele squalostoma is probably oviparous and provides parental care: the young feed on their mother's skin.
    Posted 2 years ago

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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

Similar species: Caecilians
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded May 5, 2018. Captured Oct 19, 2006 23:44.
  • MAXXUM 5D
  • f/25.0
  • 1/125s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm