Mongolian Death Worm Sightings

Mongolian Death Worm Sightings

In this article we will be taking a look at the famous Mongolian Death Worm sightings that seem to be concentrated in the Gobi Desert. It sounds like the title of a really cheesy 1960’s Hammer Horror…but is there more to this story than first meets the eye?

Let’s take a closer look…

Is The Mongolian Death Worm Real?

A British biologist named Karl Shuker released a piece of work in 2002 that seems to lean towards the fact that this strange creature actually exists, and may be concealed amid the sands of the southern Gobi Desert.

He goes on to explain that numerous sightings describe the creature as being a large fat (and grotesque) worm that reaches lengths of about a meter. It is apparently dark red in colour, with spike-like projections at both ends of it’s body.

Locals to the area believe that the worm spends about 80% of it’s time under the surface of the sand. When it is spotted on top of the desert sands, people tend to stay well clear of it!

Is The Mongolian Death Worm Real?

The Legend of The Mongolian Sandworm 

The local name for this legendary worm is Olgoi-Khorkhoi, and there have been (local) reports over the years claiming that the creature can kill in several fearsome ways.

The most popular weapon at it’s disposal is a stream of corrosive venom that it spits at anything that gets too close to it. It is also said to be able to electrocute its victims from a distance.

Over the years numerous expeditions and teams of cryptozoologists have scoured the desert looking for ANY sort of evidence that could be linked to this creature…but they have all come back empty handed. There’s not even a photograph of the beast to fall back on!

Many experts agree that there is no hard evidence…but they also believe that there is no smoke without fire. Most legends and stories must have some basis in historical truth…after all?

The Legend of The Mongolian Sandworm 

So Does it REALLY Exist?

Well…many expert cryptozoologists believe so, yes.


Unlike the Yeti or Bigfoot, there is no hard evidence to back this up. At least the ‘forest man’ has been good enough to leave numerous large footprints behind, or a clump of hair etc. In some cases…he’s even been caught on camera!

But there is absolutely nothing except legend and local folklore to back up the existence of the Mongolian Death Worm.

Recently a set of researchers came to the conclusion that the Mongolian Death Worm likely does not exist, and the belief is instead based upon sightings of another a type of limbless reptile. This reptile is thought to be a type of sand boa snake.

So what do you think?

Do you think this rather frightening and grotesque creature actually exists?

Or is it nothing more than a local legend, based on folklore?

Pleas leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

7 comments on “Mongolian Death Worm Sightings

  1. Super interesting! I’ve never heard of the Mongolian death worm before tonight, however I am a believer that there are very few things in the world that are imagined up without a basis for someone believing in it. Our imagination, I believe is usually based around dreams of experiences in other dimensions or around past life experiences. Perhaps it doesn’t exist in this dimension, but I imagine it probably does. Just because science can’t prove it now, doesn’t mean that science won’t be able to prove it in years to come.

    1. I like it Josie! 

      You sound like the type of person I could really get on with! 🙂

      I’m with you, I tend to think most things are based on fact at some point in history etc. 

  2. I think the Mongolian Death Worm might exist but it’s description might not be accurate. You how people talk, we start from tell “A story” by the time the story reach to the last person it might turn into the “XYZ story”. That is what happened in the story telling. The worm could have been the size of out palm and attack  only small animals but whoever encountered it might exaggerate it, it sound better when you “survive the encounter of the unknown creature” lol. There will be no smoke without a fire like you said. In the meantime we can just wait for the sightings and evidences. Let me go back to YouTube and stalk on Sasquatch lol

    Ps. Did you know that back in the day, the Chinese assumed that the Panda bear to be vicious man eating creature? Turns out to be a cuddly bear that eats only bamboo! Lol

    1. I actually didn’t know that Nuttanee! 

      They’ve always come over as friendly and cuddly little buggers at the end of the day (they didn’t used to eat them did they!!!!!!)

  3. We live in an age where we pay more attention to facts that can be proved by science. the existence of the Mongolian death worm might be a make-up belief by the early occupiers of the Gobi deserts to instill fear about the desert. That said, it could still turn out to be true. However, since scientists cannot find even a single trace of the worm, either dead or alive. I’m more on the side of those who believed the worm does not exist. 

    1. That’s quite a good shout there Tolu, the creature could well have been made up by early occupiers of the desert to fend off enemies! 

  4. New species are being discovered all the time, so my guess is it is very possible that the Death Worm does exist. Legends have to start somewhere but thru time some facts could be changed somewhat as it passed from one person to the next. Looking at the area it is believed to live in, chances are there isn’t any internet/cell phone service so the only way to capture a picture is by a camera run by batteries. As a writer of paranormal, many things are possible, as I’ve learned thru researching. One needs to keep an open mind, just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

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