Order Gymnophiona

Fascinating Facts


Most are burrowers, living in a network of tunnels underground, but some species are aquatic. They have dozens of needle-like teeth to help them catch worms, insects, mollusks, snakes, frogs, lizards, and other caecilians. All food is swallowed whole.

Status in the Wild

Mexican, Pattipola, and Taylor's caecilians – Vulnerable, IUCN

Changamwensis African, Sagalla, Taita African, Mahe, and Cooper's Black caecilians – Endangered, IUCN

All others Least Concern or Data Deficient. Visit The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species for more information.


Wet, tropical regions of Southeast Asia, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, East and West Africa, the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean, Central America, and in northern and eastern South America.

Location in the Zoo

Fish and Amphibians Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza

Animals & Exhibits