There are plenty of deadly animals we know lots about…but some of the deadliest don’t seem so harmful. One of the least conspicuous is one of the most dangerous: check out the New Guinea flatworm!
The flatworm was first spotted in 2015 in the Miami region. Later, it was also found in a flowerpot in Cape Coral. According to experts, it managed to come to Florida with plants or produce coming from the South Pacific.
The worm can easily infect mice and rats, which can pass the infection to people. The infection is very dangerous as it can damage the human’s brain and spinal cord.
These worms can kill various small animals like snails, and lizards, as well as damage shrubs, trees, and other vegetation, so they are also threatening the ecosystem.
In case you see a New Guinea flatworm in the Southwest Florida region, take a photo of the animal and contact the authorities.
A lot of researchers give everything they can to prevent spreading of this dangerous animal elsewhere in Florida and the U.S.
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