Olive baboon
February 15, 2016
Taita Hills Caecilian
February 15, 2016
Scientific name:
Scolecomorphus vittatus
Grows to over 40 cm. A glossy purplish - black stripe along the back flanked by red or pink on the sides and belly.
Known from North Pare, Usambara, Ukaguru and Uluguru Mountains.
Natural History:
Appears to be more common above ground than Taita hills Caecilian.
They feed mainly on earthworms.
Give birth to live young, retaining the eggs inside the female's body until they hatch into fully formed offspring, without the presence of a free - living larval stage.