Parent Sacrifices

Agh! Sorry it’s been forever. I just moved back home from my dorm, and so I’ve been busy with finals, and packing, and school in general. I’m home now, and once I’ve got my summer schedule figured out, I’ll be all dandy again. For now, though:

Caecilians

Image courtesy of BBC News

These creatures look like worms, or maybe some sort of underground snake, but really, they’re not. They’re caecilians, which is actually a kind of amphibian. They are blind, though. Scientists have recently discovered that baby caecilian worms actually are nourished by eating the flesh from the tail of their mother. This practice is gross and incredibly creepy, much like the Surinam toad giving birth that I posted earlier. To prove my point, a video. (I promise some sort of cute chaser after this post to make up for all the grossness (especially for involving babies in the grossness)).

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Gymnophiona

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