Lost Frogs Update: Caecilians, the “Snaky Frogs” of India

Ramachandran Kotharambath is leading the search for the long-headed caecilian (Ichthyophis longicephalus)—an unusual kind of amphibian last seen in India’s Western Ghats in 1979. This is the latest report from field researchers participating in CI’s Search for the Lost Frogs campaign; read previous blog posts here.

Eventually our hunt for the long-headed caecilian (Ichthyophis longicephalus) will take us to the forest locality where it was originally discovered in 1979—still its only verified sighting. However, first we are off on a three-day trip to another more developed locality in Kerala to follow up on some reports of striped Ichthyophis.

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