Typhlonectes natans. The Caecilian Worm

The caecilian worm, Typhlonectes natans, is a member of the Order Apoda, a highly specialized group of tropical burrowing amphibians. Members of this order are characterized by the abscence of legs and tails. Despite being burrowers, these “worms” are some of the most readily available amphibians. They are sold in almost every pet store that carries fish. You may have seen them in a tank listed as “rubber eels” or “rubber worms”–“Sicilian worms” is another common name. (more…)