Clear Worm in Toilet is an Aquatic Earthworm

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“I found this worm in my shower”, writes Diana about the thin, translucent worm in a toilet pictured below. “What is it? I have attached a photo and a short video. Thank you.” Upon zooming in on the photo, we can see that the worm is indeed a clear white color, with dark patches along its body, which we assume to be its entrails that are visible through its skin. There are many species of worms that resemble this one, and without much context, it is hard to pinpoint just one species. That said, the video Diana sent in is excellent, and very helpful – it shows us that the worm has to wriggle about to move, meaning it does not have legs.

In fact, the way it moves reminds us of an earthworm, which we think is exactly what this is. To be specific, we think this is an aquatic earthworm. Although we haven’t addressed them in these terms, we have written about aquatic earthworms in the past, specifically bloodworms. We do not think this is a bloodworm, as it lacks the distinct red color that they possess, but in any case, like bloodworms, aquatic earthworms live underwater, where they feed on the sediment level, eating organic debris that is shed or produced by decomposing organisms. This includes faeces, dead skin, and plant matter.

Finding an earthworm in one’s toilet usually means there is a leak in the piping somewhere underground through which the worm can enter, but finding an aquatic earthworm likely means that it got through some other way. Maybe eggs found their way into the system and hatched in the sewage system. Though, fun fact, some sewage treatment facilities purposefully farm earthworms to break down the sewage. In any case, finding one in the shower could just be a fluke, though it could also imply that the shower (and bathroom in general) needs to be more regularly cleaned. The more one cleans and gets rid of dirt, and thus decomposing organic materials that build up over time, the less attractive one’s bathroom will be to creatures like this one.

Video of Earthworm

To conclude, the worm Diana found in her shower is likely an aquatic earthworm, though we can’t be entirely sure given its generic physical qualities. In any case, we do not think Diana has anything to worry about. We hope this helps and we wish her the very best!

 

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Clear Worm in Toilet is an Aquatic Earthworm
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"I found this worm in my shower", writes Diana about the thin, translucent worm in a toilet pictured below. "What is it? I have attached a photo and a short video. Thank you." Upon zooming in on the photo, we can see that the worm is indeed a clear white color, with dark patches along its body, which we assume to be its entrails that are visible through its skin. There are many species of worms that resemble this one, and without much context, it is hard to pinpoint just one species. That said, the video Diana sent in is excellent, and very helpful - it shows us that the worm has to wriggle about to move, meaning it does not have legs.
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