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Protect the giant, spitting earthworm!


Wow, shades of Frank Herbert... Until it was rediscovered last year, the three-foot-long Giant Palouse Earthworm was believed extinct. Described as the largest earthworm in North America, the massive and rarely seen species "smells like lillies" and likes to spit at its attackers. Now, conservationists hope to get the species protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Worth noting -- the also-rarely seen U.S. Fish & Wildlife Agency sense of humor regarding this case: "If you are a fisherman, it might be a bonanza if you found something like that."

Full story: Group says giant worm must be protected.

Further reading: More info on the species, including the petition to list it as an endangered species