The Olm

Proteus Anguinus - a Fish or a Dragon Cub?

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The Olm or Proteus, with its unusual appearance, has stirred the human imagination for centuries.

This remarkable vertebrate is perfectly adapted to life in the dark and is thus found only in the underworld. The famous animal can be seen in the Postojna Cave, where in May 2016, for the first time in history, 21 little "dragons" hatched. They quickly managed to capture the world's attention. In addition to the pink proteus, you can find an equally phenomenal black one, which lives only on a limited patch of shallow karst in Bela Krajina.

The Olm
The Olm or Proteus is a natural wonder. It can live up to 100 years and survive without food for the amazing period of 12 years!
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