Does WA State Have Toxic Hammerhead Worms?
I have never heard of hammerhead worms but after finding out there's such a thing, I held back the vomit and asked, "Ew, do we have any hammerhead worms in Washington state?"
Let's find out!
WHAT ARE HAMMERHEAD WORMS?
The Hammerhead Worm is a creature that needs to stay over there in the damp, swampy, and humid neck of the woods it belongs to. It is native to two other continents: Asia and Europe. They love to feast on earthworms but can be poisonous to humans and other animals, as you will read about in a second.
The scary part of it all is though, they can be transported in soil, AND they also like to live under piles of leaves and under the dark, damp side of wood and logs.
ARE HAMMERHEAD WORMS DANGEROUS?
If you have a cut on your skin and a hammerhead worm gets ahold of you, the toxins it releases could make you very sick. If your pet eats one of them, they can get pretty sick, too! Yikes.
CAN HAMMERHEAD WORMS MULTIPLY ITSELF?
Sit down for this: Even if you were to cut a Hammerhead Worm into tiny pieces, it will regenerate.
Does this mean it's a MUTANT amongst us, like the earthworm? *screams, runs off stage*
OKAY, SO ARE THERE HAMMERHEAD WORMS IN WASHINGTON STATE?
Fortunately for us in the Pacific Northwest, Hammerhead Worms generally love to live in the Southeastern part of the United States and some parts of the East Coast. So I think our (Pacific Northwest) coast is clear.