The vast majority of people have the misconception that most worms are harmless; nevertheless, a particularly harmful kind of worm has been discovered in the state of Arkansas.
According to information provided by the Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas, hammerhead worms have been discovered in Greene County as recently as the week of June 13.
According to the authorities, hammerhead worms may be a potential source of the powerful neurotoxin known as tetrodotoxin, which is often discovered in pufferfish. Headaches, numbness throughout the body, vomiting, and stomach discomfort are among potential side effects of tetrodotoxin exposure.
They added that hammerhead worms are carnivorous and that if one of them is sliced in half, it would cause it to regenerate as two worms rather than just one.
The following is what you are advised to do if you come across a hammerhead worm, as stated by official sources:
- Do not touch it in any way! When handling them, be sure to use gloves.
- Do not be afraid to put an end to the worm! They suggest placing it in a bucket with salt, vinegar, or hot water in order to destroy it. Alternatively, you might use boiling water.
Hammerhead worms are often recognized by the wide spade-like form of their head and the long, flattened body that they possess. They usually reach a height of between 8 and 12 inches.