The long, worm-like Sagalla caecilian is only found in an area equivalent to half the size of Manhattan Island on the isolated Sagalla Hill in south-eastern Kenya. It is a burrowing species that lays eggs, which the females subsequently guard until they hatch. Feeding primarily on earth worms and termites, this species detects its prey by picking up chemical signals through an acute sense of smell and taste, and it uses specialised sensory tentacles on either side of its head to feel it way. It is threatened by the clearance of native vegetation and subsequent soil erosion in its habitat, and by the Eucalyptus plantations on Sagalla Hill.
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