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Mexican Caecilian

Mexican caecilian is a species of amphibian occurring in Central America and Mexico. The limbless creature is fossorial.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Gymnophiona
    Family Dermophiidae
    Genus Dermophis
    Scientific Name Dermophis mexicanus


    Size 30 to 50 cm (12 to 20 in)
    Color Dark gray upper surface with pale gray underside
    Distribution Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras
    Habitat Subtropical or tropical dry forests, moist lowland forests, moist montane forests, rural gardens, plantations, heavily degraded former forests
    Diet Earthworms, termites, slugs, crickets, snails
    Predators Snakes, birds
    Breeding Season May – June
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous (giving birth to live young)
    Litter Size 4 to 11 young
    Gestation Period Around 11 months
    Reproductive Age Male: 3 years of age
    Female: 2 years of age
    Average Lifespan Up to 13.8 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on May 18th 2017 by under Caecilians. Article was last reviewed on 7th May 2017.

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