A giant earthworm has been found trying to creep under the closed door of a Gold Coast motel following heavy rain in Queensland.
The 50cm long creature was spotted at the Tall Trees Motel in Tamborine Mountain on Tuesday morning.
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“There’s a massive, massive earthworm trying to get in under the door and it’s trying to constrict itself,” Darren Jack said in a video posted to Facebook.
“I’ll show you how big it is. There’s my hand. Unbelievable!” he said after placing his palm next to the worm.
Mr Jack is then seen picking up the creature and holding it in front of the camera to show its length.
“All the rain and floods that we’ve had here has just created havoc for all the wildlife and the guests, but at the moment, the guests are all safe inside. And so are the earthworms trying to get in,” he said.
“… It was trying to escape all the saturated soil just trying to get into shelter.”
Mr Jack later released the worm – which is likely to be a digaster longmani – into nearby bush.
Digaster longmani worms can grow to be up to 2m in length and 2-3cm wide and are “rarely seen” above ground, according to the Atlas of Living Australia.
However they are known to emerge to the surface if their burrows become flooded following periods of heavy rain.