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Mysterious Creature Under My Refrigerator

By Richard Edward Gordon Send e-mail to richard@gordonrichard.com

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Under this very refrigerator in my Florida home, I found the mysterious worm-like creature pictured below. I have no idea what it is. It is about three inches long. I couldn't reach it with gloved-hands to pick it up and drop it outside. I could only reach it with a long narrow strip of wooden molding. And I couldn't stand the thought of it darting in and out of hideaways in my kitchen -- or worse yet -- in my bedroom. I was afraid, too, it might be harmful to me and my family. 

So as a last resort, holding a flashlight, I jabbed it with a long, thin wooden- molding that I managed to slip under the refrigerator. That accounts for the crushed injury in the middle of this creature. May be hard to see, but it has two sets of legs -- one set close to the head and the other toward the tail end. Unlike a worm, it has a definite lizard-like face, also hard to make out in the photo. But from what you see, can you guess what this creature is? 

Did I kill a harmless, innocent creature, or did I free my home from something as dangerous as a tape worm, scorpion or a disease-laden tick? 

Not all that is ugly is dangerous -- and not all that is beautiful is safe. Fear and ignorance make us strike what is harmless -- but hesitancy and timidity tie our hands while danger grows among us.

Was this a harmless creature, destroyed out of ignorance and fear -- or was it as noxious as a rat or roach whose death made a home healthier and safer? 

Please e-mail your answer to me at richard@gordonrichard.com. Tell me what the creature is. As answers come in, I'll be posting them on the Responses page. The district manager of my exterminator company has e-mailed me her opinion.

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