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The South American Giant Earthworm That Took the Web by Storm

Pictures of a giant earthworm made the rounds on the Web, but are they real?

Probably. If it’s not, it’s one heck of a Photoshop job.

The pics were uploaded to the nature website ProjectNoah by user hoppy4840. He claims he found in the worm back in 2009, while hiking around the Sumaco Volcano in Ecuador.

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He estimates the worm was 5 feet long and weighed approximately 1 pound.

He’s asked the online community to help him identify the species. The general consensus is that it is a Martiodrilus Crassus, latin for “worm which feeds on dogs and children.”

Whatever it is, it looks like a boa constrictor in a worm suit.

If this is how big some of the worms grow in the jungles of Ecuador, imagine how big the fish are…

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Believe it or not, the Martiodrilus crassus isn’t the largest earthworm known to man. The Giant Gippsland earthworm, native to Victoria, Australia, can grow up to 9 feet long.

In related news, back here in the US, nightcrawlers are in short supply. Bait stores from Wal-Mart to small mom-and-pop operations are feeling the pinch with the worm shortage. Click here to learn why nightcrawlers are in short supply.

So, what do you think? Is the worm photo real, or some really, really good Photoshop work? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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The South American Giant Earthworm That Took the Web by Storm