THE MUDWORM

APPEARANCE - SPECIAL ABILITIES - TERRITORY
HABITAT/BEHAVIOUR - DIET - MATING

Living on the banks of the biggest rivers of Santharia, these approx. nearly half a ped long pale rosy worms are a fairly primitive species. Living semi-submerged in the mud of the banks, these worms cannot live without water, unlike other species of worms. They are very long and are fairly easy prey for a lot of birds and other animals along the river.

Appearance. The Mudworms are generally somewhat larger than ordinary worms but have been known to range from ten nailsbreadths to approximately one ped in length. Their skin, a pale rosy colour, is smooth near their heads and rear ends but is bumpy throughout the rest of their body. Their average size is around 35 or 40 nailsbreadths. Though they are extremely long, they are still quite skinny. At the widest part of their bodies, they do not become more than 5 nailsbreadths in diameter.

Other than being long and slightly cylindrical in shape, there is nothing spectacular about these worms concerning their appearance. Having a wider, shovel-like head and a smaller, pointy rear end allows them to easily burrow through the mud in which they reside. They move about in the earth by elongating and then shortening their body.
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Special Abilities. Mudworms are probably among the best worms at burrowing through the earth. The shape of their head and the skinniness of their body allow them to easily move through the earth, especially at loose soil. Return to the top

Territory. Living on the banks of nearly any larger river of southern Sarvonia, but seemingly concentrated in the moist soil around the Taehelvil River, these worms do not stake out a specific area, but continually burrow through the dirt and mud, making their own path. They tend to avoid their own species and if they find evidence of the tunneling of fellow worms they tend to leave the area as quickly as they can.
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Habitat/Behaviour. Mudworms, as the name already implies, need to live in mud or very moist ground. If they are in dry ground for any extended period of time they will not be able to get the water that they require to survive and will die. Usually Mudwormns do not come above ground their whole lives, and simply are continually digging, eating and reproducing. They are fairly antisocial beings and tend to avoid contact with anything else. This is believed to be a survival instinct. The Mudworm cannot tell the difference between a predator and anything else, so they simply assume everything is a predator and usually hide or flee.
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Diet. Mudworms get all their water and nutrients from the soil in which they live. As they burrow, they eat the soil and remove the nutrients before excreting the waste out of their rear-end. These worms rely on water for most of their uses. If they do not consume 50% of their weight in water during a day, they become weak. If this continues over several days, they will die.
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Mating. Mudworms reproduce without the need of a partner. All the time, as they are excreting their wastes, they are also releasing sperm. When another worm eats dirt that contains this substance, there is a chance that the other worm will become impregnated as Mudworms have no specified gender. A Mudworm will release 10-20 half a grain large grey eggs about a week after being impregnated. These eggs do not hatch for another week. Only one out of every batch of worms will survive. Baby worms do not differ much in appearance from adult worms, except that they are much thinner. Within a week or two the worm already has reached its adult size.
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