In an exciting new discovery,
biologists have identified six unattractive blind snakes each
a meter long at the bottom of a river-bed in Brazil.
Engineers working on hydroelectric dam in Rondonia on the
Madeira river connected to the Amazon, found this unique
creature christened 'atretochoana eiselti', the 'Daily Mail'
The creature neither has eyes nor colorful scales like
other snakes, and scientists believe it is closely related to
salamanders and frogs family.
"Of the six we collected, one died, three were released
back into the wild and another two were kept for studies," Biologist Julian Tupan was quoted as saying by the paper
Found near the mouth of Amazon river, this snake-like
reptile survives in warm and fast-flowing water, and
scientists confirmed that this rare creature has only been
spotted sporadically since it was first spotted in 1968.
"Despite looking like snakes, they aren't reptiles and are
more closely related to salamanders and frogs," he confirmed.
It was first discovered in South America in 1968, but was
only discovered on the island of Mosquiro last year. "We think the animal breathes through its skin, and
probably feeds on small fish and worms, but there is still
nothing proven," Tupan said.