Mexican Burrowing Caecilian (Dermophis mexicanus)

Scaled collection of drawings of Mexican Burrowing Caecilian in various poses

Until you give it a close inspection, you may think the Mexican Burrowing Caecilian (Dermophis mexicanus) is an earthworm. However, it is a limbless amphibian. It is also called Mexican caecilian, tepelcua, or tapalcua found in Mexico and other parts of Central America. Here, you will find it under plant debris or leaf litter. This amphibian has a large elongated body with a head and a pointed snout. The skin is dark gray on the upper part and pale gray on the lower part. The skin may have several transverse annular folds and annuli dark markings. It has two vestigial eyes, though covered with skin. The Mexican Burrowing Caecilian is viviparous, nocturnal, and feeds on ground invertebrates.

The Mexican Burrowing Caecilian has an overall length between 11.8”-19.7” (30-50 cm) and body diameter of .59”-1.18” (15-30 mm). The typical lifespan of the Mexican Burrowing Caecilian is between 10-14 years.

Details

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Height:
.59”-1.18” | 15-30 mm (Diameter)
Width:
.59”-1.18” | 15-30 mm (Diameter)
Depth:
Length:
11.8”-19.7” | 30-50 cm
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Scientific Name:
Dermophis mexicanus
Lifespan:
10-14 years

Properties

Drawings include:

Mexican Burrowing Caecilian top view (assorted)

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Apoda, also known as Gymnophiona, is an order of long, cylindrical, limbless, sightless amphibians. The members of the Apoda order are called caecillians which is a name derived from the Latin word for “sightless.” Apoda live underground in humid, tropical regions, are typically go unnoticed.

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