Facts You Didn’t Know About Ascaris Lumbricoides


1. Female Ascaris worms are much longer than their male counterpart.  When the female Ascaris worms reach full maturity as adults they can surpass three feet in length.

Female v. Male Ascaris Lumbricoides

Female v. Male Ascaris Lumbricoides

2. Ascaris eggs last much longer when they nestled in warm poo.  Feces play a vital role in the Ascaris lumbricoides life cycle.

Ascaris lumbricoides egg underneath a microscope.

Ascaris lumbricoides egg underneath a microscope.

3. During the larval stage in the Ascaris worm life cycle, the carrier (infested human) may experience a cough, fever, and or pneumonia-like symptoms.

This kid is obviously full of worms.

This kid is obviously full of worms.

4. There are people who are sadistic enough to believe Ascaris is a viable method for losing weight.
Dumb Fat Guy
5. Often times an Ascaris outbreak will resolve itself, and this only happens if luckily there are no male Ascaris to mate with the females.  Who knows if any of us have been infested with parasites previously.
female male ratio
6. When a person is heavily infested and needs surgery to remove the Ascaris, the surgeon will often have find areas that were harms by the worms that also require surgical attention like appendicitis, and intestinal or bile duct obstruction.