Mongolian Death Worm

An interpretation of the Mongolian Death Worm.

The Mongolian Death Worm is a Cryptid said to live in the Gobi Desert. Its reports are either disputed or unconfirmed, so it is considered a cryptozoological creature. In the TV show The Troop, the Mongolian Death Worm can live anywhere, and if cut in half, each half will grow an new body.


The Mongolian Death Worm is said to be a wide, bright, red worm. It is approximately two to five feet long and has a body that is one foot fat. People who have seen it describe it as looking like a cow's intestine, which may explain its local name of allghoi (or orghoi) khorkhoy, which means "blood filled intestine worm".


This creature is the subject of strange claims by the local people. They claim it has the ability to spew sulfuric acid, which makes anything it touches turn yellow and corrode, which is then deadly to humans. It is also said to kill things from a distance by using electrical discharge. It also has its own poison.

Investigations of the Mongolian Death WormEdit

In June of 1991, Czech author and investigator of the Mongolian Death Worm Ivan Mackerle told Fate Magazine that it is said to kill via electrocution.

In 1996, Karl Shuker published it in his book The Unexplained, which brought it to the English-speaking world. A year later, he published The Beasts That Hide From Man, which contained his Fourteen Studies on the worm. This book hypothesized the worm was a "Amphisbaenid".

Loren Coleman included it in his Cryptozoology A to Z.

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