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Death Worms of Mongolia - A Real Shocker!

The Gobi Desert in Mongolia is said to the home of a weird worm.

This cryptid is called the allghoi khorkhoi and allergarhai horhai by locals (those names translate to "intestine worm.") It's other name is the Mongolian Death Worm.


The Death Worm is said to be anywhere between two and seven feet long, blood-red in color with dark spots (see the image at the beginning of this post), and it gets its name "intestine worm" from its resemblance to the organ. The worm is said to be about as thick as a man's arm, and has no scales, eyes,  and some say no mouth. Some accounts say it has something like spines of spikes at one end of its body.

The Death Worm is said to sometimes be encountered in June and July (the two hottest months in the Gobi) lying on the surface of the desert after a downpour of rain. Many local people say it can be found near the black saxual shrub.


This cryptid is known for being deadly. Very deadly. And it has multiple ways of killing things. The first way is spitting a corrosive venom that is extremely lethal to anything it touches, and the second is even more bizarre (and terrifying!) - the worm is said to be able to electrocute its victims, and from a distance, too. Nomads in the desert have told how the worm has killed entire herds of camels when they walk over the patch of sand it is hiding under. There is also a story about a geologist who poked some sand in the Gobi with an iron rod, and fell to the ground dead as he did. His colleagues ran over to see what happened, only to spot a Death Worm coming out of the sand!

So, if you see a Death Worm, it is probably best you do not go too near it, or you might get killed with acid or electrocuted. Neither is a way you'd want to meet your demise. ("How did he die?" "Oh, he was electrocuted by a worm!")


Starting in the 1990s, the Mongolian Death Worm gained notoriety in the world of cryptozoology, and there have been several expeditions in search of it, and it has been featured on several TV shows, such as Beast Hunter with Pat Spain. 

The Death Worm has also been an inspiration for movies, and even if it wasn't, there are some critters in movies that are quite similar.

The Graboids in the Tremors film series do not spit acid or electrocute victims, but they are pretty similar to the MDW as they are giant, underground worm monsters. Some people say the Death Worm was the inspiration for the movie, but having just read Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors, I can say that they were not. The real inspiration is that one day one of the creators was sitting in the middle of nowhere on a big rock, and wondered what would happen if he was stuck on it because there was a giant worm monster under the sand.
One of the best movies ever!

There is also a 2010 movie called Mongolian Death Worm, but from what I have seen of it (I've never watched it) the worms in it aren't much like the real thing. And I don't think it's that good either.

If you ever go to the Gobi Desert, be careful if you poke the sand with a metal rod - you might get electrocuted by a worm!


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