Southeast Asian Caecilian

Southeast Asian Caecilian

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Caption: This is a Southeast Asian caecilian, Ichthyophis kohtaoensis. This species has several common names including the Koh Tao Island caecilian, the Koh Tao caecilian, the common caecilian, the yellow stripe caecilian, and the Koh Tao snake frog. The species deposits eggs in damp soil near a water source. The female remains with the eggs until they hatch (egg brooding). When the eggs hatch, the young make their way to the body of water where they will pass through an aquatic larval stage before metamorphosis into a terrestrial adult. They have many sharp teeth for capturing food, which includes earthworms. They are fossorial, or live beneath the ground in soil and decomposing vegetation. This is a female. It was collected in Thailand.

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Keywords: amphibian, animal, caecilian, common caecilian, fauna, fossorial, gymnophiona, ichthyophidae, ichthyophis, ichthyophis kohtaoensis, koh tao caecilian, koh tao island caecilian, koh tao snake frog, legless amphibian, nature, southeast asian, wildlife, yellow stripe caecilian

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