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The Mongolian Death Worm is creature with origins in the mythology, legend and folklore of Asia. In particular, accounts of its existence are first recorded, naturally, in Mongolia.
They are believed, by many, to be the inspiration for similar creatures in modern fiction, such as the enormous Sandworms in the 1965 Dune sci-fi/fantasy book series and the monstrous worm-like creatures in the Tremors monster movie series.
Mongolian Death Worms are most commonly said to be between 2 feet to a meter (3.28 ft) in length, though recent depictions often show them to be massive in size as adults. Many believe that the discrepancy is caused by earlier accounts only having taken note of the available specimens--ie larval MDWs.
However, others claim that, in adulthood, they are best compared to whales in size.
Either way, all sources agree that MDWs have rough sandpaper-like flesh, the complexion of which ranges from a deep ruddy blush to the color of a fully ripe tomato. Their mouth is blackened, with hideous, serrated mouthparts.
The MDW is said to inhabit the southern, western and/or southwestern Gobi Desert.