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February 27, 2012 / Hallie Madenski

Lungless, Limbless Amphibian Discovered In India, Neither Worm Nor Snake

With all the endangered and extinct life forms out there it’s refreshing to hear about something new. It may not look like much, but several types of legless and armless amphibians called caecilians were just discovered in northeast India.

These animals, who lay transparent eggs and keep a watchful eye on their young for up to three months, are completely new to us. The team of scientists who found them spent five years and 2,000 hours searching/digging, revealing at least three previously unknown species. 

“Because of their burrowing nature and cryptic appearance, they are very difficult to see above the soil,” researcher S. D. Biju tells National Georgraphic.

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