Unknown Amphibian of Central Africa.

Physical description: Black and sluglike. Length, 6 feet. Width, 12 inches.

Behavior: Appears only when a rainbow is seen. Its poisonous breath is fatal.

Distribution: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Zambia.

Possible explanation: An unknown Caecilian (Order Gymnophiona), a group of wormlike


tropical amphibians that burrow through soil and mud. The largest underground species, Caecilia thompsoni, lives in Colombia, is nearly 5 feet long, and eats insects, larvae, and earthworms. Several species are known from sub-Saharan Africa.

Source: W. L. Speight, "Mystery Monsters in Africa," Empire Review 71 (1940): 223-228.

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