Three facts about Atretochoana Eiselti that you should know
A picture of Atretochoana Eiselti, also known as the Penis snake
Until 2011, this legless amphibian, the Atretochoana Eiselti was believed to be extinct. Before then, the only thing that reminded the world about a creature like this was 2 carefully preserved specimens which were found in the Brazilian rainforest. It was in this same region that this unusual creature would be found again in 2011.
The Atretochoana Eiselti also goes by a name which matches its physical appearance but I would not write it in this article as this article might be rejected by the editors on that basis. However, you, my most intelligible readers would be able to guess from the picture what the other name of this creature is. Go to the comments section and write out your guesses, I would be there to confirm it.
Atretochoana Eiselti is the largest known lungless tetrapod. It belongs to a family of creatures known as caecilians. Caecilians are a group of limbless, snake-like amphibian that have physical structures closely resembling a snake but also have rings on their body like primitive slimy earthworms.
Here are some facts about the Atretochoana Eiselti
1. Our knowledge of this creature is limited
This creature has been away from the prying eyes and devastating influence of civilization for a while. For a century or two, this creature was believed to be extinct. However, 2011 marked a year when this creature was finally rediscovered. Even so, our knowledge of this creature is insufficient. For example, scientists are not sure if this creature is viviparous or oviparous. They are not such if it is a predator or a scavenger. Very little is known about the Atretochoana Eiselti.
2. These creatures can swim fast
Several observations of this creature on surfaces of rivers and streams have proven that this legless amphibian can swim. They can not just swim, they can swim rapidly. Also, unlike other caecilians, Atretochoana Eiselti is not believed to dig burrows.
3. It is possible that they breathe via their skin
Atretochoana Eiselti is believed to have no lungs. Because of this, it is possible the creature does not breathe via lungs but by their skin. Lung less creatures like some salamanders also breathe via their skin but there’s a catch: the skin must be moist.
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