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8 Terrifying Real Life Monsters

By Steven Romano May 2, 2013

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Leucochloridium Paradoxum

Zombies—as far as we know—our mere figments of imagination... unless you happen to be a snail. The Leucochloridium paradoxum is a small parasitic worm that enters a snail after its host has dined on the bird waste it comes from. The meal then goes from exquisite to the stuff of nightmares when the worm grows, travels into the snail’s eyestalk, and takes over the poor critter’s feeble mind. Like a necromancer, the L. paradoxum compels its zombie slave to travel to the very top of a plant, the snail’s swollen, caterpillar-like eyestalks enticing a bird to swoop down and eat them, starting this cycle all over again.

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Steven Romano

Like Captain America, Steven Romano is just a boy from Brooklyn. When he isn't contributing to The MindHut and other geeky websites, Steven's hard at work writing his first novel and comic book scripts. Follow him on Twitter @Steven_Romano, and swing by his blog: stevenromano.tumblr.com

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