Feeding ecology and diet

The natural history of rhineurids is very poorly known, and we have little information on diet for this species. Most amphisbaenians feed primarily on termites, beetle larvae, and ants, and presumably this is also true of rhineurids.

For rhineurids, chemical and auditory cues are the most important means used in locating prey. The uniquely adapted middle ear system allows prey movements to be detected, while the forked tongue and Jacobson's organ allow the detection of chemical odors. Airborne sounds are picked up and transmitted to the inner ear along the specialized extracol-umellar apparatus, which may amplify the vibrations as well. This unique anatomy is consistent with behavioral studies conducted in laboratory experiments that suggest that am-phisbaenians can hear prey movements through the soil.

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