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brown worm that bites

brown worm that bites
Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
March 15, 2003

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A first for BugGuide?
I suspect that this is the first vertebrate posted on BugGuide.

In fact I saw a recent picture posted of two vertebrates holding dragonflies they'd caught. They were not under ID Requested though ;-)

Look at the shape of the rounded head and the pointed tail, the completely evenly cylindrical body, and the glossy sheen. The traces of rings you are seeing are traces of scales. This is a blind snake.

I agree.
It looked like it could be a small blind snake but I was unfamiliar with the species and wanted to find out if it was moist or dry before venturing a guess.

Another interesting point to be made about this species is that it is all female and parthenogenetic.

I don't think this is a bug or a worm....
This looks to me like a Brahminy Blind Snake (Rhamphotyphlops braminus). See here. This is a non-native snake that has been introduced to parts of the south in potted plants. It has a mouth, but it is so miniscule there is no way it could break the skin.

I was just explaining why I thought it had to be an annelid, and you couldn't even wait until I finished before you proved me wrong... I get no respect! ;)

After a second look, I think the segmentation I saw could be an artifact of the rectangular shape of the individual pixels- or it might be scales. I assume the blunt end is the head and the pointy end is the tail.

I moved it to the Bug-like Creatures Not Covered By BugGuide page- I think we're all agreed it's not an arthropod.

Hi Robert,
Can you tell us how it bites (or how you know it bites)? Did it bite you? Also, where did you find it (under a board, crawling across the driveway, etc.) and what was it doing when you found it. It looks shiny. Is that because it was wet or slimy to the touch? Answers to these questions might help pin it down. I can think of several possibilities as to what it might be, but there's nothing I'd like to venture other than it's not an actual anelid worm.

Even that...
If you look closely at the reflections, you'll see the traces of typical annelid rings in several places. I see nothing to indicate it's not some species of earthworm- it doesn't have the right shape for a leech.

Brown worm
I found it under a brick. This brick was on turfgrass. it is not wet or slimy or sticky in any way.
Yes, it bit me,with no ill effects or pain.

More pictures
I have more pictures if anyone wants to see them

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