Weird Amphibians Join List of At-Risk Oddities

Weird Amphibians Join List of At-Risk Oddities
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The Sagalla caecilian may look like a worm, but it's actually a type of limbless amphibian with sensory tentacles on the sides of its head.

The creature is one of ten species included in the EDGE Amphibians initiative, announced on January 22, 2008, by the Zoological Society of London. The EDGE—or Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered—programs focus on unusual creatures that have garnered little conservation attention.

"The EDGE amphibians are amongst the most remarkable and unusual species on the planet, and yet an alarming 85 percent of the top hundred are receiving little or no conservation attention and will become extinct if action is not taken now," Helen Meredith, EDGE Amphibians coordinator, said in a press statement.

"These animals may not be cute and cuddly, but hopefully their weird looks and bizarre behaviors will inspire people to support their conservation."

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—Photo by John Measey/courtesy Zoological Society of London
 
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