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Help Identify This!

Help Identify This!
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Copyright: Brian Snyder (PlayPhotography) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SD450
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-05-20 13:38
Viewed: 3959
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the first time I've posted something for help with identification as opposed to posting a picture for its artistic qualities.

I have a large terrarium in my office. In it, I have lots of rocks, lots of moss, a coffee plant, some wild grass, a fern, and a few other plants that I don't recognize. Often on my long hikes in the woods, I'll come across a plant or a rock that I want to add to my terrarium, so I'll bring it home and put it in. I know that by doing this I could be bringing just about anything into my terrarium, including invasive or poisonous species, or bugs of any type. I actually like taking this risk -- it's exciting to see what comes to life in my terrarium (my next post will be a picture of my terrarium).

Anyway, a few days ago I noticed this little "worm" crawling around in the soil. I pulled him out with tweezers and put him under my microscope. This is a photo of him, with a AA battery behind him to give you an idea of his size (a little less than 1 centimeter). In the circle, you can see an enlarged view of him. I took two pictures of him through my microscope using my camera, and I will post both of those pictures as workshops to this photo. If you know what type of animal this is, PLEASE let me know!

Is it a puppa leach? Baby slug? Baby earth worm? Parasite?

(My dad later told me that instead of preserving it in rubbing alcohol, I should have quarentined it and let it grow to see if it would've turned into something recognizeable. Oh well... live and learn!)

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Hi Brian,

I was browsing through photos of Maryland when I saw this photo, and specifically joined TN so that I could let you know that it looks suspiciously like the roundworms that appeared tonight on an episode of "House." The worms had turned up in a boy who ate sand from his sandbox, originating from a raccoon that had used the boy's sandbox as a litter box.

If this is an accurate identification, it is quite a coincidence that I came across your photo.

Take care,

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