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Scary parasites in nature

Really scary

By Nao FetterPublished 5 months ago 4 min read

The actual iron nematode, although less than a millimeter in diameter, but the length can reach 40 to 50 centimeters. Unlike the vestigial sense of the iron nematode's soft body, its surface is wrapped with a hard cuticle, even if the host is crushed to death, the iron nematode can remain unharmed.

Once inside the host, the larvae will attach themselves to the digestive tract and silently absorb nutrients to grow rapidly.

When they mature, the most frightening move comes when they manipulate the host's consciousness, head for the water source, and break out of the host's body. This is different from what we think of as the death of the host and the difficulty of the parasite living alone. This is called mimicry, which is a type of parasitism that will kill the host.

So the real question is, how scary is a parasite that will control the host's consciousness?

Parasitic fungi

There is a parasitic fungus that lives on the ants, the Parasitic fungus, the Parasitic fungus, these fungi will cause the ant's muscles to atrophy and secrete some chemicals that affect the central nervous system of the ants, the ants that are parasitism will lose their strong ability to know the way, often get lost, messy pace like a zombie with limited mobility, and their habits will change, they no longer inhabit the sun canopy, but go more to the shade of the trees. Because the dark and humid environment is more conducive to the reproduction of the fungus.

What is even more incredible is that these zombie ants, after coming to the environment where the fungus reproduces, will bite the leaves, and the fungus will quickly destroy the muscle fibers of the ants' jaws, and the muscle-weak ants, while still conscious, cannot control their jaws and are forced to bite the leaves without moving, and the fungus starts to proliferate and kill the host ants, and a large number of helium will break through the ants' bodies, forming a terrible parasitic scene.

Parasites can control the lower insects, what, parasites can also control humans as higher creatures? Don't tell me, there are really some!

Sleeping sickness

European colonists in the 17th century, in Africa, south of the Sahara found a strange disease, at first is the ordinary fever, joint pain, and loss of appetite, but soon, the patient appeared in the daytime confusion, a state of sleep, sleep difficulties at night, called "sleeping sickness", this disease and infectious diseases, like. In 1901-1905, this sleeping sickness killed nearly 300,000 people.

Until British microbiologist David Bruce found the root cause of all this, it is very common in Africa, flying around the "tsetse fly", compared with ordinary flies, has thick and long mouth parts, Bruce took the patient's blood and find a highly evolved flagellate, it is the first parasitic in the tsetse fly, and then enters the final host through the help of bites blood-sucking, king, via tsetse flies, paraphrasing various body fluids and cunningly and trickily evading recognition by the immune system. As it roamed the blood vessels, people developed fever and pain, and when it entered the central nervous system, they went into a lethargic stage. Fortunately, in 1916, Bayer Pharmaceuticals developed a treatment for the parasite, and the people of Africa were able to rid themselves of this parasite called Tryptophan Cruz.

Parasitic snails also suffer from parasitism, and parasitic creatures can manipulate the consciousness of their hosts, which is a horrible image.

Double-disc sucker

The snail of the genus Amber snail will host a parasite called a double-disc sucker in both eyes. As the larvae grow Akita makes the snail's eye stalk expand and lose its contraction function, the double-disc sucker keeps wriggling and also manipulates the snail to climb to the high places of the plants. The purpose of doing so is to attract the attention of the eventual host, and when the bird finds it, the zombie snail will be eaten and the new eggs will enter again with the bird's droppings to the snail's sight, week after week, creating the perfect survival retreat.

Protoplasm indigo

Many parasites have the attainability, such as Protoplasm indigo in cats, arguably the "most successful" parasite that has evolved with humans for millions of years, and Protoplasm indigo can infect almost any warm-blooded animal. It is estimated that 3 billion people worldwide are infected with this parasite. According to surveys, women infected with Protoplasm indigo are more warm and caring and become more intelligent, while men are more conflict-prone and suspicious. Both men and women are two to three times more likely to be involved in a car accident when infected with Protoplasm indigo. Although Protoplasm indigo is not fatal, it does cause certain mental traits and behavioral changes in infected humans. In France, for example, up to 80% of the population is infected, which has to be said to affect the character of a nation.

So what if humans are the masters of the earth, and parasitic creatures that can live on the masters are not "masters of masters"? Everything in the world has its way of survival, but parasitic organisms have been subtle, changing each host individually, and even affecting the course of humanity.


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Nao Fetter

Good psychological quality is beneficial to enhance physical fitness and improve resistance to disease

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