The Legendary Mongolian Death Worm

Finding the Legendary Mongolian Death Worm

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By Liz Leafloor


Why do I need to comment?

Death adders do not spit venom. Having lived in Australia for 53 years and having come across death adders a number of time they are very reluctant to move or do anything if disturbed. They are also called Deaf Adders because of this resistance to move, until you put a foot in the middle of them. Then they are lightening fast, but no spitting.

lol 1st thing i though was dune the books


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I totally agree! The legend (or reality?) of these worms is such a dramatic tale, it's no wonder they've made an impact on literature and movies even today.

I was struck by the resemblance to the worms on Arakis, so maybe Frank Herbert knew about these worms, and just (as Phil Plait at Slate would say) embiggened the idea.

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