Mongolian Deathworm

The Mongolian deathworm (also known as Olgoi-Khorkhoi, or the “intestine worm”) is a mythical creature said to inhabit beneath the burning sand dunes of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. According to legend, it is a large, venomous worm that can kill at a distance, either by spraying a deadly toxin or by emitting an electric shock. The deathworm is said to be reddish yellow in color and to measure up to five feet in length. It is said to burrow underground and only emerge during times of drought, when it feeds on the flesh of animals and humans.

There have been no scientific sightings or evidence of the Mongolian deathworm, and it is considered a legend or folklore by most people. However, some locals in Mongolia claim to have seen or encountered the creature. Most are afraid to speak its name but when they must speak of it, they refer to it as “Olgoi-Khorkhoi”, the intestine worm.  Belief in the deathworm is still prevalent in some parts of the country, and it is considered a potent symbol of the harsh and unforgiving nature of the Gobi Desert.

According to legend, the Mongolian deathworm is a highly venomous creature that can kill its victims from a distance. It is said to have the ability to spray a toxic substance that can erode metals or emit an electric shock that can cause instant death. Legends state, that if this worm is physically touched, can lead to extreme pain or rapid death. The deathworm is said to be reddish yellow in color and to measure up to five feet in length. It is said to have a thick, armored body and to be able to burrow deep underground, emerging only during times of drought when it comes to the surface to feed.


Despite its fearsome reputation, the Mongolian deathworm has found its way into popular culture, appearing in movies, television shows, and video games. It remains a mysterious and little-known creature, shrouded in myth and legend.

The Mongolian Deathworm’s existence first came to the West’s attention in Roy Chapman Andrew’s 1926 book, On the Trail of Ancient Man. Initially, he was not convinced of the Mongolian tales since no one had ever seen the creature, but he firmly believed in its existence. Considering, Mongolia had been under Soviet Union control until the 1990s, not much was known about the deathworm in the West.

However, since the 90s, investigators have been seeking credible evidence of existence. A man named Ivan Mackerle, who is a leading Loch Ness Monster detective, studied the region and interviewed many Mongolian natives about this creature. Due to the vast number of sightings, and strange deaths, he concluded that the Mongolian Deathworm monster was way more than just any legend. Since experts are unsure of what the worm is, they believe it possibly may not be a worm since the Gobi Desert is too hot for annelids to dwell in.

The deathworm is said to inhabit the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, a vast and largely uninhabited region that stretches across northern China and southern Mongolia. The Gobi Desert is known for its harsh and unforgiving environment, with extreme temperatures, sparse vegetation, and little water. It is believed that the deathworm is well-adapted to this environment and can survive for extended periods of time underground, emerging only when the conditions are right.

Despite its fearsome reputation, the Mongolian deathworm has never been scientifically documented or verified. There have been no sightings of the creature by scientists or researchers, and no physical evidence of its existence has been found. As a result, most experts consider the deathworm to be a legend or folklore, rather than a real animal.

However, belief in the deathworm persists in some parts of Mongolia, and it is often invoked as a symbol of the harsh and unforgiving nature of the Gobi Desert. Some locals claim to have encountered the deathworm, and there are even stories of people who have survived attacks by the creature. These stories are often passed down from generation to generation, helping to keep the legend of the Mongolian deathworm alive.