Species group: Aquatic Amphibians
Other common names: Rio Cauca Caecilian
Scientific name: Typhlonectes natans
The Rubber Eel is not an eel, but is an aquatic amphibian which is native to rivers, marshes and lakes in Columbia and Venezuela. It is occasionally kept in freshwater aquariums. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the wild population of Typhlonectes natans is "Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of significant habitat degradation, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category. It is extremely resilient to habitat and degradation and pollution, both of which are extensive within its range. It is popular in the international pet trade, but not at a level to constitute a threat to the species."
The Rubber Eel grows to 18 - 22 inches in length (45 to 55 cm). Its body is a dark grey- black color.
3-5 Rubber Eels will happily live together in a 10 gallon tank. They are fed earthworms, insects, small fish, bloodworms and pelleted fish food.