A "mysterious snake" spotted in a US state identified as an "invasive and immortal"
2020-11-09 | Since 2 Month
A Virginia resident alerted US wildlife officials to a strange "snake" with a head in the shape of a half-moon, moving in the area.
The resident, who has not been named, called the Virginia Wildlife Service hotline, prompting an investigation.
"We identify thousands of snakes every year, but the problem is that we have never seen anything like this before and we are not sure if it is foreign to nature," the department wrote in a statement. It was described as being about 10-12 inches long.
He reported that the "snake" was actually a hammerhead worm, an invasive species from Asia.
When this worm is cut in half, both sides are still alive, making it "essentially immortal".
Flat hammerworms vary in color and pattern, and some are light in color, and others are dark brown. It can also contain colored patterns that paint their backs.