Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I set off to the same plot of land the very next day in a desperate attempt to spot and photograph a live caecilian. Since the workers managed to find 3 of them the previous day, then there should be more. I convinced the workers that they were non-venomous and harmless to humans. So as they did their work of digging and moving large rocks, I stood beside, looking out for any slithering creatures. And then, a caecilian appeared.

I quickly a snapped a few photographs, and with the help of a stick, caught it into a bottle. It was rather difficult to capture it as it easily slithered into the undergrowth. But once I got it in, I took it to an open area and opened the cap. The caecilian, having found an exit, slowly slithered out of the bottle, while I took some shots of the creature.

Very soon, it was out and trying to slither away from the open space.

As you can see from the photographs, these caecilians have a tiny eye on each side, although these are only able to differentiate between day and night, just as in the case of blind snakes. They also have a backbone, and jaws full of tiny sharp teeth. Unlike other amphibians, these rarely associate themselves with water. They spend almost their entire life underground.

Here's a video I took of the caecilian as it slithered in front of me.

I took this fella to the other side of the plot and released him into a pile of soil and stones. I was glad I finally managed to photograph a live caecilian, an amphibian that is little known of.


adrielleroyale said...

Great shots, glad you got to capture him for a little while :)

Interesting Pictures said...

wow, it a giant worm

Shawn said...

Thanks Adrielle and IP!

Its not a giant worm, its an amphibian.


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