This Deadly Flatworm Has Invaded The U.S., And Now Officials Have Issued A Grave Warning

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Image: Pierre Gros

Somehow, a deadly flatworm has made its way to the United States. And although it doesn’t look like much, it could bring a wave of disaster with it. In fact, the creature is so dangerous that experts have issued a grave warning.

Image: Pierre Gros

Yes, the discovery of flatworms in Florida has sent officials into a panic. At first glance, the creatures in question resemble the common slugs that you might find in your garden. However, unlike slugs, these creature could be deadly.

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Image: Shinji Sugiura

And upon closer inspection, the New Guinea flatworm – which grows to around two inches long – also has some notable differences to the humble slug. For one thing, the creatures have black backs and gray underbellies. You won’t find their mouths at one end of their bodies, either; instead, they’re on their stomachs.

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