24 February 2012

Chikilidae


Photos of a newly-discovered legless underground amphibian.
Since the age of dinosaurs the chikilidae has burrowed unbothered beneath the monsoon-soaked soils of remote northeast India, unknown to science and mistaken by many villagers as a deadly, miniature snake...
Further details in an AP report at the Huffington Post. That is so cool the way the egg is transparent and the entire vasculature is visible.

5 comments:

  1. They are lizards arent they?

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    1. No. They are caecilians - a type of amphibian (along with frogs and salamanders). Lizards are reptiles.

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