Identifying a thin, black, worm-like creature with a hammer-shaped head

Identifying a thin, black, worm-like creature with a hammer-shaped head

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I came across the creature shown in the photo below yesterday evening while walking the dogs. At first, I thought it was an earthworm, but a flashlight revealed it to be something I had never seen before.

It is approximately 12 inches (300 mm) in length and about 1/3 of an inch (10 mm) in diameter at its maximum. It is pitch black and very shiny-like piano black. It moves very slowly, using a snake-like motion. It had a very strange head, like a hammerhead shark.

I live in Durban, South Africa, if that helps to narrow down the possibilities.

Can anyone help in identifying this creature?

Hmm, I don't believe I have ever seen that before, but it looks like a Hammerhead Worm (Bipalium kewense).

That looks like a predatory land flatworm. They eat snails and worms. I think they are native to New Zealand, but have been introduced to many parts of the US through ornamental plants.


  1. Zuktilar

    Eh this crisis spoils everything for us

  2. Tygoktilar

    Gorgeous, I'll take it to my diary

  3. Momus

    Thanks for your help in this matter. I did not know that.

  4. Squire

    I went to the forum and saw this topic. May I help you?

  5. Corbenic

    Awesome! Thanks!!!

  6. Kajinos

    Is this true? It seems to me that something is very different here.

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