PHOTOS: Rainbow Hues of Amphibian "Worms" Demystified

PHOTOS: Rainbow Hues of Amphibian
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Yellow is a color usually found on the most toxic amphibians. Wollenberg and Measey report that it has evolved independently three times in caecilians, including in Schistometopum thomense, referred to as the cobra bobo, or yellow snake, by the locals of São Tomé Island in the Gulf of Guinea.

Researchers suggest that bright-colored caecilians may also be highly toxic, but this still needs to be investigated.

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—Photograph courtesy John Measey
 
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