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Originally posted by Asktheanimals
Except it's not a snake - it's an amphibian, looks similar to amphiumas.
No lungs, no scales, no snake.
A. eiselti is the largest tetrapod to lack lungs, double the size of the next largest. Caecilians such as Atretochoana are limbless amphibians with a snake-like body, marked with rings like that of earthworms.
Most caecilians are burrowers, but some, including Atretochoana's relatives, are largely aquatic. Atretochoana is thought to be aquatic since its relatives and lungless salamanders, some of the few other lungless tetrapods, are though the only other known species of lungless caecilian, Caecilita iwokramae, is terrestrial. It was postulated to inhabit fast-flowing water.
Due to the lack of information, it is classified as "Data Deficient" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It is thought to be uncommon, with a limited distribution. It is likely a predator or scavenger, and is thought to be viviparous.
In June 2011, an amphibian was photographed near Praia de Marahú on Mosqueiro Island (near Belém, Brazil) that appeared to be A. eiselti, but was not positively identified. In 2011 six individuals were found in the Madeira River. Neither have cold fast-flowing water, as was originally thought. As there is less oxygen in warmer water, this makes its lack of lungs even more unusual, and the question of how it breathes has not yet been resolved.
Originally posted by FractalChaos13242017
I started to read.."New species of Snake discovered." and I was already clicking the link.
As soon as I clicked, I read, "looks like a penis..." and I thought to myself... "What did I just get myself into?"
Well... I'd have to say, it looks like a penis... I'd imagine that this is the type of snake that convinced Eve to bite into that apple!
I had no idea that there was a family of blind snakes... that's awesome!