|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This is the first time I've posted something for help with identification as opposed to posting a picture for its artistic qualities.|
I have a large terrarium in my office. In it, I have lots of rocks, lots of moss, a coffee plant, some wild grass, a fern, and a few other plants that I don't recognize. Often on my long hikes in the woods, I'll come across a plant or a rock that I want to add to my terrarium, so I'll bring it home and put it in. I know that by doing this I could be bringing just about anything into my terrarium, including invasive or poisonous species, or bugs of any type. I actually like taking this risk -- it's exciting to see what comes to life in my terrarium (my next post will be a picture of my terrarium).
Anyway, a few days ago I noticed this little "worm" crawling around in the soil. I pulled him out with tweezers and put him under my microscope. This is a photo of him, with a AA battery behind him to give you an idea of his size (a little less than 1 centimeter). In the circle, you can see an enlarged view of him. I took two pictures of him through my microscope using my camera, and I will post both of those pictures as workshops to this photo. If you know what type of animal this is, PLEASE let me know!
Is it a puppa leach? Baby slug? Baby earth worm? Parasite?
(My dad later told me that instead of preserving it in rubbing alcohol, I should have quarentined it and let it grow to see if it would've turned into something recognizeable. Oh well... live and learn!)
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