In Search of the Mongolian Death Worm


Western scientists first referred to the Mongolian Death Worm in 1926, although the information had come from locals, not direct observation.
Reported to be between two and five feet long, the deep-red coloured worm is said to resemble the intestines of a cow and sprays a yellow acidic saliva substance at its victims, who if they’re unlucky enough to be within touching distance also receive an electric shock powerful enough to kill a camel… or them.

In 2005, a group of scientists spent a month searching for the worm, but all they got were more stories from people who swear the worm exists.
Lead researcher, Richard Freeman, said: “Every eyewitness account and story we have heard describes exactly the same thing: a red-brown worm-like snake, approximately two feet long and two inches thick with no discernable head or back (tail).”

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I remember seeing a documentary about this worm a couple of years ago.
Unlike the myth, the documentary was deathly boring.
A bunch of people wandering around in the desert or talking to people who "definitely" had talked to someone who once knew someone who had died mysteriously, possibly killed by the worm.
Nothing was found out, no real conclusion made.
Which has lead me to believe that this worm is smart as well, managing to stay under the radar when it needs to.
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