CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 18 (UPI) -- If you think Nickelodeon invented the slime attack, think again. The slime attack originated as a much more sinister deed, carried out by an unassuming tropical warm -- not as a way to embarrass unassuming game show contestants on live television, but as a method for trapping a meal.
The velvet worm -- a long and slow-moving worm that likes to hang out in damp logs in tropical climes and looks more like a slug -- has a secret weapon. When it's dark, the worm traps its prey using two jet streams of a sticky, slime-like substance. The slime attack traps unsuspecting crickets and termites, leaving the worm's dinner stationary and incapable of fighting back.