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Axonly
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5/17/2016 12:57:53 AM
Posted: 6 months ago
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Caecilians are cool! They look like giant earthworms, when in fact they are actually amphibians. They have a completely different evolutionary history to the earthworms, because of this they are more closely related to frogs and salamanders than any other animal.

Like other amphibians, they can actually lay eggs, which they will guard. However only about 25% of the caecilian species will do this, most others will just give birth to live young. Surprisingly little is known about their diet, other than that they eat invertebrates, particularly earthworms.
Meh!
RuvDraba
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5/17/2016 6:14:47 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
At 5/17/2016 12:57:53 AM, Axonly wrote:
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Caecilians are cool!

Axonly, you're on a roll!

On Wired I found a list of Ten Fun Facts about Caecilians: [http://www.wired.com...]

Number 10 is a doozy:
Caecilian mothers have a special way of providing for their young. Some baby caecilians have very odd teeth: short, blunt ones built for scraping and long, curved ones, like hooks. It turns out these teeth serve a unique purpose early in life. For several weeks after birth, the young caecilians stay with their mother. During this time, she grows a thick outer layer of skin that is rich in fat and other nutrients. Her babies use their modified teeth to peel her skin off and eat it. This unusual parental care behavior is known as dermatotrophy and seems to be unique to caecilians.

Video linked right.
RuvDraba
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5/17/2016 6:21:27 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
Another video by a caecilian-keeper:

He mentions that caecilians can be found in South America, which is true, but they can also be found in Africa and India.

The author has raised caecilians 24" long.