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Bizarre, limbless amphibians discovered in the US for the first time

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The strange-looking caecilians are limbless, worm-like amphibians that have been around for hundreds of millions of years, but they've never been found in the wild in the US – until now.

It's now been confirmed that a creature caught in 2019 in the C-4 (or Tamiami) Canal in Florida is a Rio Cauca caecilian, Typhlonectes natans. The species is native to Colombia and Venezuela, and can grow more than half a meter (20 inches) in length.

The captured amphibian recently died and was passed on to experts at the University of Florida, where an examination and DNA analysis revealed that this was indeed a caecilian.

Since the first 2019 sighting, more reports of caecilian-like creatures have come in from South Florida. Field work in the canal is planned to figure out how widespread these species might be in the waters.

https://www.sciencealert.com/bizarre-limbless-amphibians-discovered-in-the-us-for-the-first-time

https://journals.ku.edu/reptilesandamphibians/article/view/15629

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HandsomeGorilla
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Cool! 

And it was obviously gonna be Florida, duh

They're harmless but can have a powerful bite

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DanL
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" yphlonectes natans - grows up to around half a meter in length and resembles a large, limbless worm."

Thankfully it isn't like a large LIMBED worm!!!

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Glacknor

Good to hear it's not a serious predator, I prefer the comical ones myself.

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