Under this very refrigerator
in my Florida home, I found the mysterious worm-like
creature pictured below. I have no idea what it is. It is about
three inches long. I couldn't reach it with gloved-hands to pick it
up and drop it outside. I could only reach it with a long narrow strip
of wooden molding. And I couldn't stand the thought of it darting
in and out of hideaways in my kitchen -- or worse yet -- in my bedroom.
I was afraid, too, it might be harmful to me and my family.
So as a last resort, holding a flashlight, I jabbed
it with a long, thin wooden- molding that I managed to slip under
the refrigerator. That accounts for the crushed injury in the middle
of this creature. May be hard to see, but it has two sets of legs
-- one set close to the head and the other toward the tail end.
Unlike a worm, it has a definite lizard-like face, also hard to
make out in the photo. But from what you see, can you guess what
this creature is?
Did I kill a harmless, innocent creature, or did
I free my home from something as dangerous as a tape worm, scorpion
or a disease-laden tick?
Not all that is ugly is dangerous -- and not all
that is beautiful is safe. Fear and ignorance make us strike what
is harmless -- but hesitancy and timidity tie our hands while danger
grows among us.
Was this a harmless creature, destroyed out of ignorance
and fear -- or was it as noxious as a rat or roach whose death made
a home healthier and safer?
Please e-mail your answer to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell me what the creature is. As answers come in, I'll be posting
them on the Responses page. The district
manager of my exterminator company has e-mailed me her opinion.
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