PHOTOS: Rainbow Hues of Amphibian "Worms" Demystified

PHOTOS: Rainbow Hues of Amphibian
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Many ocean-dwelling animals have dark colors on top of their bodies to help them blend in with the black ocean depths as predators pass overhead.

The caecilian Ichthyophis kohtaoensis's coloring may serve a similar purpose. When the subterranean creature occasionally moves above ground, the brown on top of its body may help it hide from predatory birds that attack from above.

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