21 Fictional Worms Deserving of Horror & Devotion


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The Graboids
Image via Tremors Wiki

Classification: Subterranean Sandworm

Description: The great American graboid continues to capture our imaginations, as well as our ankles -- dragging us into its gaping, beaked maw with three tentacle-like appendages. Sometimes they leave the head. Fortunately, their dependence on loose desert soil and large prey drastically restricts their habitat.

Further Study: How 'Tremors' Graboids Work by Robert Lamb


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.