Invasive hammerhead flatworms may be popping up due to recent rains

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The invasive hammerhead flatworm has been spotted in Texas for many years. However, you may see more of them due to recent rainfall.

This species preys on earthworms which can have a ripple effect on gardens, crops, compost piles, and forests.

They can also cause issues for other animals. According to an expert with the Texas State University Invasive Species Institute, they cause harm if ingested by animals or humans.
“Hammerhead flatworms also release a toxin presumably used to help them catch prey and avoid predators, which can cause irritation if handled,” Matt McClure with TSUISI explained.

Three years ago, the parasite caused quite a scare in Virginia. Officials were contacted about a “weird” looking snake that was later discovered to be the species.

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