Worm in Toilet is Likely a Millipede

We recently heard from a reader via our Facebook page about a creature she discovered wiggling in her toilet. Her description of the specimen being a dark red or brown color matches the photograph she included. We would like to add that it appears to be several inches long, and is either segmented or striped.

After doing some careful examination, we believe that she has found a millipede. Millipedes are usually easy to recognize because of their abundant legs, however sometimes they tuck their legs in so they aren’t as noticeable. We believe this is the case with this millipede, as it resembles a millipede in every other way.


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Millipedes are common household visitors, and they rely on moisture for survival, which makes a toilet a likely environment for these creatures. Millipedes aren’t often greeted with a warm welcome when they are discovered in a house, but they are extremely beneficial to the environment. Since our reader only found one and not a whole group, we suggest that she place it outside. However, if millipedes continue to turn up in her toilet, she should get in touch with a plumber to investigate the pipes.

Overall, while millipedes can be an alarming discovery in a toilet, they are not harmful and can easily be relocated back to the outdoors.

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Worm in Toilet is Likely a Millipede
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We recently heard from a reader via our Facebook page about a creature she discovered wiggling in her toilet. Her description of the specimen being a dark red or brown color matches the photograph she included. We would like to add that it appears to be several inches long, and is either segmented or striped.
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