Here's a worm I have never seen before. I live in SW Washington state, near Portland, Oregon.
A short blurry video showing it moving its head around:
It was definitely not an earthworm. I'd say it was around 80mm long and 0.5 mm in diameter. It was moving around on a branch in in my brush pile. It has been showery here for a week so everything is moist.
I feel like a long time ago i saw something like that in the shallows of a lake. I am no expert but perhaps it is some kind of very large tubifex worm which is normally aquatic so it would be strange unless there is some body of water or perhaps a septic tank leech field...
Personally if I saw this I would somewhat feel like killing it, in fear it was a parasite.
I used to have a dog who was afraid of worms, it would bark at them, then roll over on top of them and literally flatten them to death.
Sides, a surfaced earthworm is an eaten earthworm round here.
I'm a little mixed on my fear of parasites too. I have heard many good things about them. Giant worms that aren't quite the right shape give me the heebeejeebees... even more so after reading this thread.
Location: Zone 8b: SW Washington
posted 10 years ago
Thanks Irene, I think you nailed it.
I too initially cringed at the thought of it as a parasite until I saw the list of what it parisitizes:
I must admit I winced a bit when I saw the video and it's a shame that worms and snakes both have a very bad press.
Now that I know more about the horse worm I feel comfortable with them and I look out for them with interest. I also really enjoy seeing snakes now and watching them watching me instead of just chasing them off.
Irene Kightley wrote:it's a shame that worms and snakes both have a very bad press.
I had much the same thought recently, when my town got drunk to celebrate the expulsion of pagans from Ireland.
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