Tropical rainforests, often near streams. In soil and litter of forests. Wide range including Central and much of South America, Central Africa, South China, India, and Southern Philippines.
Insects, worms, and insect larvae.
Birds, fish if near water, snakes, large insects, humans.
Caecilians are "legless" amphibians.
Also known as "Rubber eels".
Caecilians are "burrowers". Most species live on land and burrow into the ground. There is an aquatic species, and they too burrow into the floor of the water.
Their outer body looks like an earthworm.
They "slither" around like a snake.
Caecilians have two rows of teeth in their upper jaw and one or two rows in the lower jaw.
They can range in length from 4 inches to almost 50 inches.
Some Caecilians are egg-layers, some give birth to live young, and some have eggs that hatch inside the mother (they live inside her until they get older).
Their eyes are covered with skin so they can't see very well.
They are found in many colors including black, orange, and striped.
Caecilians are very hard to study, because they are very
hard to find.