Legend says that in the southern part of the Mongolian Gobi, there is a 1-meter-long, red worm-like creature known as a deadly worm. But there is no real history of it, and many years of research have not confirmed it. It is believed that there are deadly worms in most of the Gobi Desert, and the former Prime Minister of Mongolia, Ts. Damdinsuren first described the deadly worm to Western scientists in 1922.
Scientists, on the other hand, believed that is just a myth. Researchers, adventurers, travelers, and zoologists from many countries have traveled to the southern Gobi Desert to study the dead worms, but no one has seen them. The story of the deadly worm has been told to Mongolians for generations. The creature first came to Western attention as a result of Roy Chapman Andrews‘s 1926 book On the Trail of Ancient Man. The American paleontologist described second-hand tales of the monster that he heard at a gathering of Mongolian officials: “None of those present ever had seen the creature, but they all firmly believed in its existence and described it minutely.
Czech zoologist Ivan Mackerle is one of the leading researchers in the study of dead worms. He heard about a deadly worm from a student and traveled to southern Mongolia in 1990 to study more. The locals were afraid to talk about the deadly worm, and the government’s ban on researching and talking about the worm made it even more difficult for them to unravel the mysteries hidden in the Gobi. However, the ban was lifted and he continued his journey.
In his book “Mongolské záhady” translated as “Secret in Mongolia”, he described the deadly worm as “sausage-shaped, half a meter long, like a cow’s large intestine. It has scaly skin and a short tail that looks like it has been cut off. It’s hard to say which is the tail and which is the head. ” He never confirmed it himself but described the creature as real.
Dr. Karl Shuker, a British zoologist, and author of, “The beasts that hide from man” described the legendary deadly worm as “one of the most famous animals in the world. It hides under the sands of the southern Gobi. It spends most of its life in the dune, but lying on the sand scares everyone.” Although they move underground like lizards, they often appear in June and July. Some scientists have suggested that this may be because the surface is moist and wet. Shuker has never seen or confirmed a dead worm but speculated that it may be a lizard that lives in hot climates. The worms can generate a lot of electricity from their bodies. AD Simukov, a Soviet scientist who worked in Mongolia in the 1930s, left an interesting fact in his travel diary. He said, “The worms are common animals in the Saxaul and Suuj Gobi. People talk about him a lot, and they are very scared. This animal usually comes to the surface when it is raining or when the ground is wet. It wraps its entire body around the animal when eating and swallows it whole after choking.