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Cymothoa exigua is a parasite that is also know by the name the ‘Tongue-eating louse’. It is an isopod with the unique identifiable feature of being the only known parasite that functionally replaces a host’s organ. The louse enters the fish’s body through the gills, attaches to fish’s tongue and extracts blood, causing it to shrivel and eventually fall off. Once this has been achieved the louse attaches to the remaining stub and acts as a replacement tongue, receiving nutrients by feeding on the fish’s blood and mucus. While the majority of fish found with these parasite’s are underweight, there is no evidence that this parasite causes a significant amount of harm to its host. 

These parasites, while aesthetically disturbing, are also not harmful to humans. While a person has brought a lawsuit against a supermarket chain after finding cymothoa exigua in fish they had eaten, the legal case was dropped. This was a result of there being no evidence that these parasites were in any way unhealthy for humans, they are not poisonous and can be incorporated into a healthy diet. 

HEY GUYS. WANT TO BUY A PARASITE? (UPDATED!)

I am very proud to announce that these guys are now for sale!

Each of them are hand crafted, hand sewn, and movable – both the limbs AND eye are able to move.

These guys are made from minky, wire, and glass for the eye – and stuffed to be huggable (if you dare, of course). The size is 9″ by 9″ with the limbs/tentacles stretched out (give or take a few inches), while the body is 3 to 4″ by itself with the limbs/tentacles not included in the measurement.

Each one will be $75 a piece WITH AN ADDITIONAL S&H charge, due to how much time and cost go into them. This does not include extras – but extras can be added on for an additional price.

Please keep in mind that because these are hand made, each one will differ. No two parasite plushies will be the same.

If you are interested in ordering one, there is a form you can use right here.

If you are looking for a CHEAPER alternative, I do have “teacup” sized ones, but they are limited and small – as of currently, there are only three left, and can be held in the palm of your hand.

Thank you for your consideration!

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What if aliens cannot be invaded by parasites, or have never known what a parasite is?

Just think of how aliens would react to their human companion suddenly turning up sick and a thorough investigation shows a minuscule living organism destroying their body from the inside.

I mean, imagine microorganisms running rampant in the human body and wreak havoc in our system, and more often than not we can KILL it inside us with just our immune system or a dose of meds, or in other cases a surgery.

The human is just, “calm down my friends, just take me to a human doctor and I’ll be fresh as a daisy.”

The aliens, still not grasping what this metaphor means, says hastily, “we can NOT allow your doctor to let this… /thing/ to morph you into a weed, Human! Your medics obviously are not trained for this!”

(just wait until they learn about bacteria that lives practically everywhere)

starlumen  asked:

What's Kazoo Fresh traits ? Because I wanted to know about your Kazoo Fresh, since his also a parasite like Fresh Sans, are they almost alike or different traits as a host to their victim?

Each parasite has a different trait that makes them unique – and their traits are heavily built on their first host. A good example of this is if you had two kids that acted the same, but were raised by different families. You’re going to have different ideals and reactions, due to not having the same host. Everyone is different, after all.

The thing with Kazoo is that he was born a runt, and about 1/3rd the size of the other parasites. Runts are not very large – I drew up a size comparison for you so you could see!

Most runts don’t have powers of their own that overrides their host.

So the runts, not having powers of their own, are the only ones that get their host’s power.

With Kazoo, he got the power of healing.

Fresh, of course, found him more useful alive, than dead. And thus, he was the first parasite to survive, which changed the game for future parasites…

280 days of Urbpandemonium #154

When someone asks, as they always eventually do, “why do mosquitoes exist?,” they’re really asking another hidden question. Because mosquitoes exist for the same reason all organisms exist: evolution provided adaptations to fit the available energy sources. Blood-suckers suck blood because blood is a liquid that can be sucked–the alternative is flesh-eating. Which is worse?

The hidden question is this “Is the natural world in balance?” The answer of course is no. Humans have proved to be so adaptable in such a short time, that we have thrown the entirety of the rest of the natural world out of kilter. We have spread to every corner of the globe, bringing our food animals with us. We have created vast climate-controlled structures to live in. We have dug deep into the earth to find energy trapped in hydrocarbons that have held onto it for millions of years, and released so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that we have changed the atmosphere and climate of the planet forever.

One of the most mundane activities of humans–the selling of goods between one land mass and another–has resulted in the spread of mosquitoes. In prehistory the mosquitoes would have lived in balance with their predators–the mosquitoes pushing their hosts gently toward fitness, the predators keeping them at a tolerable level. Moving mosquitoes around the world has brought these biting flies to land masses that never had them before, and brought multiple species to places that used to have only a few species. The shiploads of tires and other mosquito-moving industries did not bring along the predators of the mosquitoes. We ask too much of our native bats and dragonflies–there are simply too many exotic mosquitoes for natural controls to retake the balance.

The result is blood-borne diseases in North America bearing the names of regions in Africa. The result is the almost complete destruction of Hawaain bird diversity. The result is mosquitoes that bite in the daytime, that breed in dumpsters and dirty gutters, in densities that mock the equilibrium of the past. Why are there mosquitoes? Because there is blood to drink. Why are there so many god damned mosquitoes? Because human activity creates and destroys habitat in a way that rarely makes the world a better place.

Mosquito=little fly
Mosquito family Culicidae=family of little flies

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Had a super busy few weeks n spent today mostly working on owed art, so I gave myself a treat and busted out a bit of concept work I’ve had in my head for a while! More to come later, for sure–I have a lot of ideas for the how’s and why’s of these designs that I wanna address, as well as flesh out the setting.

I’ve been thinking about zombie-ish creatures created by infection from a type of mermithidae or nematomorpha worm (watch this vid ONLY IF U AIN’T SQUEAMISH) that specializes in humans. While the initial infection only seems to be discomfort from drinking contaminated water, when the worm devours/replaces ~50% of the victim’s guts it reaches sexual maturity and starts releasing control chemicals that radically alter host behavior and physical form, etc etc (for the fantasy human version, at least–the actual buggy predators are a little simpler). Since humans have a lower species turnover rate than bugs these particular worms can act as replacement organs and keep their hosts alive indefinitely…but will violently egress the body if it’s overly damaged, instantly killing the infected person. 

Infected are typically placid (when left alone) and like to float in large bodies of fresh water. They become aggressive when approached by large animals, including humans, partially from their intense hunger due to parasitization.

Scientists discovered it’s possible to save the infected in a two-step operation that surgically fuses the worm to muscle walls (preventing it from killing the host by vacating) and neuters the parasite, which stops production of control chemicals. After a few months of physical and mental therapy the infected can safely re-enter society. Post-apocalyptic humanity is desperate for all the helping hands it can get and usually welcomes them back, with post-surgery infected making up about 40% of any given settlement.

lolol anatomical correctness and decent-quality art are for chumps

Bed bugs are pesky enough when they aren’t SPACE bed bugs that crawl inside you and lay eggs and colonize your insides while you sleep. Just ask Dash.

(ps thank u @lamarcodon for the space bed bug idea. u brilliant weirdo.)