We recently received this message (with some slight editing on our part) from a reader, “What is this creature I found in my bathroom sink? The sink is also where I clean out my cat’s food bowl so I’m wondering if it could have come from the canned food. It looked like it might have had antennae, but the antennae seemed to move like the eyes of a slug.” Along with this message, our reader sent us a photograph:
We are fairly stumped as to what this creature is. While we have some ideas, some of the physical traits of this worm-like organism just don’t add up. Our first thought is that this creature might be an earthworm. Finding an earthworm in your bathroom (sink, toilet, bathtub) is relatively common. Also, earthworms are long, thin, and reddish-brown in color. However, earthworms do not have antennae or eyes that look like antennae. So it doesn’t seem like this creature is an earthworm.
Our next idea is that this specimen is a millipede. Millipedes can be reddish in color, and they have antennae! However, millipedes are not worms, they are arthropods. In fact, millipedes have a plethora of legs, two pairs of jointed legs per body segment. Since the presence of legs is fairly obvious on millipedes, we think our reader probably would have mentioned it if the organism had legs. Therefore, we aren’t convinced this critter is a millipede. So what is this mystery worm-like organism? Unfortunately we don’t know!
To sum up, we aren’t sure what this creature is! We thought it might be an earthworm or millipede, but neither is a great match. We haven’t heard about readers finding worms in canned cat food, but maybe that is where the worm came from. Have any of our other readers found worms in canned cat food? If so, we invite them to share their experience below.
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