Worm Found After Heavy Rain Could be Flatworm

A reader from Florida just sent us a photo accompanied by the question: “What type of worm is this?” The reader explained that she found the creature crawling up the wall near her front door after heavy rain. The specimen has a white/cream-colored stomach, is flat, appears to be segmented, and seems “snakelike.” She also assured us that the creature isn’t an earthworm. Here is the photo she sent us:

ATTENTION: GET PARASITE HELP NOW! At All About Worms we get a lot of questions about skin parasites, blood parasites, and intestinal parasites in humans. Because we can't diagnose you, we have put together this list of doctors and labs who understand and specialize in dealing with parasites in humans! That resource is HERE

Our first thought was that this is an earthworm. However, our reader seemed quite sure that it wasn’t, and we trust her to identify a creature as an earthworm or identify it as not an earthworm. So, we will explore other options. We think this could be a flatworm. Her description and the photo support this identification. Flatworms are generally brown or black, have a lustrous bodies, and are flat. The creature in the photo certainly could be a flatworm. Also, there are plenty of species of flatworms found in Florida.

Another possibility is that our reader has discovered a small snake. She mentioned that the creature seemed more “snakelike” than an earthworm, but she didn’t go into detail about what she meant by this. The smallest snake in the US is about 4 inches long, which seems shorter than the worm-like organism in the creature. Also, the creature having a lighter underbody is consistent with the appearance of a snake. Our reader might have found a small snake in her home and believed it to be a worm.

In conclusion, we aren’t exactly sure what creature our reader found in her home. We initially thought it could be an earthworm, but our reader said it wasn’t. We think another likely possibility is that the critter is a terrestrial flatworm, also known as a land planarian. A final idea is that our reader has actually not discovered a worm at all, but rather has found a small brown snake! Either way, since she only found one creature and not a bunch of them, we recommend she simply put it back outside and make sure her doors and windows are properly sealed to prevent future visits from worms and worm-like organisms.

No Paywall Here!
All About Worms is and always has been a free resource. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or make you give us your email address, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to pay our research authors, and to run and maintain the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep All About Worms free?
Click for amount options
Other Amount:
Worm Found After Heavy Rain Could be Flatworm
Article Name
Worm Found After Heavy Rain Could be Flatworm
we aren't exactly sure what creature our reader found in her home. We initially thought it could be an earthworm, but our reader said it wasn't.

Author: Worm Researcher Dori

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *