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The Gaboon Caecilian (Geotrypetes seraphini) This is a west African caecilian (Geotrypetes seraphini) known as the Gaboon Caecilian.  They have many sharp teeth for capturing food, which includes earthworms.  The species gives live birth to small, nearly translucent babies that look like earthworms.  The female guards these young for a number of days after birth.   The babies feed on the skin of the mother and that is the only food they consume for the first weeks of their lives.  This parental care mechanism is call "skin feeding" and is known from several caecilian species. These animals are “fossorial” or live beneath the ground in soil and decomposing vegetation. This is a female.  It was collected in Cameroon. African amphibian,Caecilidae,Cameroon,Gaboon caecilian,Geotrypetes seraphini,burrowing,caecilian,fossorial,gymnophiona,legless amphibian,live bearing,live bearing caecilian,live birth,west Africa,worm feeding Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

The Gaboon Caecilian (Geotrypetes seraphini)

This is a west African caecilian (Geotrypetes seraphini) known as the Gaboon Caecilian. They have many sharp teeth for capturing food, which includes earthworms. The species gives live birth to small, nearly translucent babies that look like earthworms. The female guards these young for a number of days after birth. The babies feed on the skin of the mother and that is the only food they consume for the first weeks of their lives. This parental care mechanism is call "skin feeding" and is known from several caecilian species. These animals are “fossorial” or live beneath the ground in soil and decomposing vegetation. This is a female. It was collected in Cameroon.

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The Gaboon caecilian, ''Geotrypetes seraphini'', is a species of amphibian in the Dermophiidae family.
It is found in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and possibly Angola, and the Republic of the Congo.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, plantations, rural gardens, urban areas, heavily degraded former forests, and seasonally flooded agricultural land.

Similar species: Caecilians
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded May 5, 2018. Captured Oct 20, 2006 01:34.
  • MAXXUM 5D
  • f/20.0
  • 1/125s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm