Whether cuddly, or creepy, these animals aren't what they appear
Take a look at the above photo, and what do we have? A big, disgusting pile of worms, right? Ah, but researchers that spent the past five years digging in northeastern India say otherwise. The earthworm-like slitherers here aren't worms at all, but a newly-discovered family of caecilians - a species of legless amphibians.
Indeed, the Chikilidae, as they're known to scientists, certainly look like worms, a deceptive appearance that got MSN thinking: what other critters and creatures in nature are kind of imposters? From rodents with misleading names to lizards that snake about like other reptiles, here are ten animals in the wild that aren't what they seem.
* Bing: What's inside a worm?
Chris Golden, a 2014 National Geographic emerging explorer, studies the rich relationship people have with the rain forest in Madagascar and how it aff... More Chris Golden, a 2014 National Geographic emerging explorer, studies the rich relationship people have with the rain forest in Madagascar and how it affects their lives and health. His research into the risks of bush-meat consumption inspired efforts to replace wildlife hunting with chicken husbandry. His team also plans to distribute an ethnomedicine "recipe" book that will preserve vital local knowledge about indigenous plant treatments. Read more about Chris Golden and his work: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/08/140814-emerging-explorer-christopher-golden-madagascar-ecology-epidemiology-ngfood/ The Explorers Project chronicles the work of National Geographic's Emerging Explorers—today's visionaries who are making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people to care about the planet. Learn more at http://nationalgeographic.com/emerging.
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