Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Mongolian Death Worm

The Mongolian Death Worm is a 2 to 4 foot long cryptid, a fat reddish worm reputed to dwell within the Gobi desert. It is supposedly able to burrow and to kill its victims from a distance away, perhaps with venom projection, acid spitting, or an electrical shock. The locals tell a number of likely tall tales about this creature, which are used to impress or to instill fear. However, there are enough sightings that this creature most likely exists, though some of its traits are probably exaggerated. For example, it can probably not emit an electric charge, as this ability is mostly useful to aquatic creatures. It could project venom, or more likely, a superhot corrosive fluid such as that used by a bombadier beetle. The "Death Worm" may not even be a worm at all. Some theories state that this cryptid is in fact a snake that is able to burrow beneath the sands of the Gobi and spit venom. It is more likely that this creature lives up to its name and is, in fact, a worm, however.

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