Wednesday, January 4, 2017

ZooWeird 35

A doggerel series about odd or little-known animals.

Nicknamed as the “hammerhead slug” due to its half-moon shaped head, Bipalium kewense is not your everyday flat worm. Not only does it hold the record for world’s largest flatworm, but it’s also one of the few flatworms that live on land. Oh, did I mention that it defecates from its mouth? The hammerhead slug is believed to originate from Southeast Asia. However, it appears that the species has become cosmopolitan with recordings coming from many different tropical and subtropical countries. It’s especially common in greenhouses, thus its second common name, the “greenhouse planarian.” All animal info from

His head had once been very round—
As round a head as could be found.

But then his language! Potty-mouth!
So soon his life went very south.

His dad attacked him with a tool—
A hammer!—took that dude to school.

And so his head became so flat
They used it for a welcome mat.

But here’s a bit of crazy news:
When people used him, wiped their shoes

Upon his head there on the stoop?
They somehow added chunks of poop!

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