After the first rains have moistened the soil the “chongololo” emerges. Behind a pair of probing antennae, a long, shiny, red-black, worm-like cylinder slithers slowly to the surface. Below, under decomposing leaf matter, lies its dark over-winter hiding place, now abandoned. Two groups, or clusters, of simple eyes swivel in search of assassin bugs, scorpions, toads, leguaans and other rapacious predators. All clear and Spirostreptida – the one who spirals (coils) when disturbed – scurries away.