Olive baboon
February 15, 2016
Taita Hills Caecilian
February 15, 2016
Scientific name:
Scolecomorphus vittatus
Identification:
Grows to over 40 cm. A glossy purplish - black stripe along the back flanked by red or pink on the sides and belly.
Habitat:
Known from North Pare, Usambara, Ukaguru and Uluguru Mountains.
Natural History:
Appears to be more common above ground than Taita hills Caecilian.
Food:
They feed mainly on earthworms.
Reproduction:
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.