The Legendary Mongolian Death Worm

Finding the Legendary Mongolian Death Worm

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By Liz Leafloor


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.

lizleafloor's picture

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.

joyashbe's picture

lol 1st thing i though was dune the books


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.

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