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Officials identify new invasive 'crazy snake worm' in Oregon

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Amynthas agrestis, also known as the Asian jumping worm (USDA) Amynthas agrestis, also known as the Asian jumping worm (USDA)
SALEM, OR (AP) -

A new invasive species known as the "crazy snake worm" has been found in Oregon.

The Capital Press reports that the Oregon Department of Agriculture has confirmed the worm has been found in Clackamas and Josephine counties in 2016.

The worm, Amynthas agresitis, is otherwise known as the "Asian jumping worm" because it is distinctively energetic.

Agriculture officials say the worm may have an adverse effect on Oregon forests, as it consumes detritus on the forest floor, removing the protective layer that plant seeds need to sprout.

The worm reproduces asexually, meaning it doesn't take many individuals to establish a population.

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