Artistic depiction of the minhocão.
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It reportedly resembles a giant[clarification needed] worm, with scaly black skin and a pair of tentacle-like structures protruding from its head. It is thought to be a burrowing animal, producing enormous trenches as it digs.
Cryptozoologist Karl Shuker has suggested that this animal may be an example of a giant caecilian, which fits the description of the minhocão well. However, known caecilians do not even begin to approach the supposed size of this animal.[clarification needed]. Superficially similar to the caecilians are the Amphisbaenia or worm lizards, which are distributed throughout much of South America, although most known species are less than 150 mm in length. In On the Track of Unknown Animals, Bernard Heuvelmans suggests that the animal may be a surviving glyptodont.
- Shuker, Karl (1995). In Search of Prehistoric Survivors. Blandford.