What the heck is this thing? It’s long, skinny, creepy, crawly, and seriously strange looking! For those who’ve had the pleasure of seeing one up close and personal, it may be the most unwieldy hunk of crawling flesh they’ve ever seen!
But as it is with so many creatures with a low rating on the “cuteness” scale, the hammerhead worm or broadhead planarian, as it is called, is a fascinating work of Mother Nature that has some very interesting characteristics.
Meet the hammerhead worm, also known as “What is that?”
Danish Ho, from the city of Johor Bahru, the capital of Malaysia’s southern Johor state, was with his family when he came across this thing. He had never seen anything like it before.
Ho initially thought it was a snake of some kind. That’s why he pulled out his camera to record it. Experts say, however, that it belongs to the genus Bipalum, but its exact species remain unknown.
Its top is also its bottom!
This potty mouth definitely needs to wash its mouth out with soap! It’s most interesting biological characteristic is that its mouth pulls double-duty, also serving as its anus.
No matter how you slice it….
Another interesting bit of information about the hammerhead worm is that if it ever somehow becomes split in half, it would regenerate both halves and become two worms instead of one.
Liquified lunch anyone?
Hunger is never a problem.
The hammerhead worm can get hungry, but when it can’t satisfy that hunger it simply eats itself! How? By digesting its own reproductive organs and body tissues. Delicious!
No partner necessary for procreation.
When it comes time for the hammerhead worm to make another hammerhead worm, it lays eggs similar to many other species. However, it’s also ahermaphrodite that reproduces through a ten-day process known as ‘fragmentation’ – ripping chunks of itself off and letting the detached parts grow a new head.
The strangest creature in the world? What do you think?
Source: This Strange Worm’s Mouth Is Also Its Anus by National Geographic.