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Caecilians: Gymnophiona - Diet

Animal Life ResourceAmphibiansCaecilians: Gymnophiona - Physical Characteristics, Geographic Range, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction - HABITAT, CAECILIANS AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS


Caecilians are meat eaters. Land-dwelling species prey on animals that they can reach on the ground, including earthworms; termites; insects, such as crickets, that have shed their outer layer; and many other invertebrates (in-VER-teh-brehts), or animals without backbones. Large caecilians have been known to eat lizards and baby rodents. The water-dwelling species nose about at the water's bottom to find food, or they scrape food from logs and rocks. They eat water insects, shrimp, and small fish.


Caecilians look like giant earthworms with a big mouth, but unlike earthworms, caecilians are vertebrates, which means they have backbones. In addition, caecilians don't just look like earthworms; they eat them!

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