The 'Death Worm' Myth Lives in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia

Mongolian death worm, or in another so-called Olgoi-Khorkoi meaning "large intestinal worm", is a creature described as a large worm about 2 to 7 feet (60cm - 2 meters), living in the Desert Gobi.

Mongolian death worms are said to inhabit the western or southern Gobi Desert. In the book of Altajn Tsaadakh Govd (1987), Ivan Mackerle describes it as an underground animal, and sometimes creates sand waves on the surface that allow it to be detected from the ground up.


Mongolians say that this worm can kill its prey remotely, either by spraying poison or by emitting some kind of electric current.

They also say that these worms rest or sleep all year, except June and July (this month they are active).

These worms often come to the surface when it is raining or the soil is wet. Many locals have seen the worm during that time, and they believe that if someone is nearby, it will cause an electric shock.

According to legend, the worm is feared by the locals for its horrific killing. Includes spraying corrosive toxins that can bring devastation and death remotely.

When this worm wants to attack, it will raise half its body out of the sand and begin to grow, then release the poison all over its prey. The poison is so toxic that its prey will continue to die.

These worms often make pets especially camels and sometimes attack humans. In 1922, the Mongolian Prime Minister, Damdinbazar described the worm as: "A sausage-shaped creature 60 cm long, without head or legs, very toxic when touched and living in remote parts of the Gobi Desert."

Locals claim the worm can be found around strange plants shaped like Goyo plants.

One of the leading Loch Ness Monster detectives, Ivan Mackerle, learned the area where the worm was found and interviewed locals about it. Because of the many strange cases of death, he concludes that Mongolian death worms are more than legendary.

According to English biologist Karl Shuker in his book The Unexplained: An Illustrated Guide to the World's Paranormal Mysteries, he says that one of the most sensible beings in the world can be hidden in the sand of the South Gobi Desert.


This creature is said to resemble a large fat worm, about 1 meter long and dark red, with a pointed tip in its mouth.

These creatures spend most of their time hiding under the desert, but when they appear on the surface, they are feared by the locals.

The first appearance of this worm dates from the years (1926-1927), by the American Paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews.

He did not believe that what he was seeing at that time was part of the creature, and further research was made to determine the nature of the creature.

The American paleontologist is not convinced by the story of a monster he heard at a meeting in an office in Mongolia:

"None of them had ever seen the creature, but they all truly believed in its existence and carefully described it."

Other searches were conducted between 1946 and 1949, where they went further to find out the existence of this worm and also compared what they saw and experienced with the explanation of the locals.

n the late 90s, Ivan Mackerle made many expeditions in the Gobi Desert in the hope of seeing this worm, though only at a glance. His experiment produced something that he thought was positive for the existence of the worm.

Another story that is quite popular among travelers is when a boy is allegedly followed by this worm and his body is found near his house.

It is believed that he died when he touched the worm. Seeing a trail in the sand, the boy's family went to revenge on the animal that had caused the death of his son. However, the family never returned.

Richard Freeman, a cryptozoology expert, conducted an expedition in 2005 to find out if the worm was in Mongolia.

They found that the entire population had moved out of the village after hearing about the emergence of a venomous animal.

Various explanations have been provided to find out what this type of worm is, including the possibility that it is a venomous snake, such as a sand boa snake. What is puzzling, however, is the statement that this worm produces corrosive toxins.

According to some people who have done research on this worm, they think the statement is just a story that is deliberately made and exaggerated, so that the locals feel scared and shunned the animal.

According to some people who have done research on this worm, they think the statement is just a story that is deliberately made and exaggerated, so that the locals feel scared and shunned the animal.

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