Wormy Thing

October 5th, 2007 by Editor B

Xy found this crawling around on our deck this morning and demanded I take a picture.

Wormy Thing

It’s shaped like a worm but has the texture of a slug, and it’s very distinctive with the stripe down the back and the hammerhead. I’m not sure if it’s a true worm some sort of mollusk or what. We’ve never seen one before but a co-worker told me they’re quite common around here. He didn’t know what they were either.

It’s about two inches long, maybe two and half.

I posted this to the ID Please group in hopes of finding out what it is.

9 Responses to “Wormy Thing”

  1. Ray Says:

    I caught one of those when I was a kid and thought it was a leech (never having seen a leech before). I put it in a jar intending to keep it alive until school started, then I forgot about it. Found the jar a few weeks later. Stinky!

  2. Tony Says:

    It’s a planarian apparently. Googled “hammer head worms” and came up with:


  3. Peris Says:

    Planarians are flat. This looks fairly 3D.

  4. Varg Says:

    Chop it in half and see if you get two.


    God! Thank you so much Bart for the inspiration!

    I could make a great ‘B’ movie with this thing…..

    ‘IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE’ — a leftover Hurr. Katrina mutant that changes into an 8′ creature that can disguise itself to be anybody….Mayor Nagin, Blanco, (any and all other worms we know of)….

    Thanks. Will beginning filming on my super 8 today!


  6. Jon Nelson Says:

    I have no idea what it is, but, after seeing your picture, I dreamed about one last night.

  7. Best Of New Orleans Blog » Blog Archive » Blog Watch Says:

    […] laughs about Bill Jefferson’s latest “bathroom defense” while another takes a picture of a strange worm he found on his […]

  8. Kelly Says:

    Yeah – I think planarians are smaller and not striped. (I’m a fan of planarians, though).

    If you ever figure out what it is, Editor B, please let us know!

  9. planarian Says:

    land planarian, Bipalium kewense Moseley

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