Last year, the Madeira River in Rondonia, Brazil was drained for a hydroelectric dam. At the very bottom, were six of these creatures, writhing about looking like penises, except that they’re all about 30 inches long. Now, biologists have confirmed that they are Atretochoana eiselti, an extremely rare species of caecilian with no known living population.
The A. eiselti were found last November, but the discovery was only made public after biologists confirmed the genus. Caecilians are limbless amphibians with rings like those of the earthworm. The A. eiselti is the largest tetrapod without lungs, breathing through its skin instead. It has fleshy dorsal fins on its back, and is thought to live in fast-flowing water.
Tip: Dr. Karl Shuker
Dr. Shuker has more on these strange animals which are getting a lot of attention just because it resembles the male member.
During the past 24 hours, the world media has been full of stories concerning the supposed discovery in Brazil of a ‘new species’ of ‘blind snake’ that ‘resembles a human penis’. As is so often the case with media reports describing unusual, little-known animals, however, the truth is very different – as I shall now reveal in an attempt to set the facts straight regarding this beast once and for all.
In reality, although it is indisputably a most amazing and very distinctive form it is not a new species, it is not a snake, and its claimed afore-mentioned resemblance is very much in the eye of the beholder – or, to put it another way (so to speak!): if the relevant portion of my body looked like this creature, I’d be seriously worried!
Yeah, the Daily Mail is having a blast with this. But, really, the animals are interesting of themselves. They are not snakes. Caecilians are strange creatures with their own taxonomic order. They are not worms or snakes but amphibians with tiny or nonexistent eyes and some are LUNGLESS. Check out Dr. Shuker’s piece for more.