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Rio Cauca caecilian

Amphibians & Reptiles·Amphibian

Caecilians are not eels or snakes. They are members of an ancient family of amphibians that live in water or underground. They are designed for living in a dark environment and hunt by smell instead of vision. They can detect light with their eyes, but cannot see movement.

  • Conservation StatusLeast Concern
  • Life span4 - 5 years
  • Body size17 - 22 in. long
  • Native habitat Freshwater marshes, rivers and lakes of Venezuela and Colombia
  • DietA variety of invertebrates
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