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If you live your life underground, why would you want to be brightly coloured? In the case of caecilians, amphibians with earthworm-like bodies that spend most of their lives underground, some of the colouration may have been retained from distant ancestors which lived above ground. However, many caecilians are dark-coloured on top and ligherter underneath, which could protect them from predators if they are accidentally exposed at the surface or if they temporarily emerge at night. Some of the brightly-coloured caecilians could also be toxic, although the colours might just be a bluff! We know so little about this group of animals that it is very difficult to be sure.

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