Art and words of Josh Burns.

Burrowing Tooth Beetle

This wicked free loader will climb into a host’s mouth as they sleep, they secrete a numbing toxin, and go to town on a tooth, most often a molar. Once the tooth is devoured, the beetle climbs into the, now empty, hole. While planted in a hosts mouth they lay their eggs in the hosts soft gum meat. Upon hatching the larva feast on the gums. They are usually extracted soon after attaching, but if unchecked can cause death due to infection.

When was the last time you heard about someone going in for emergency “Wisdom Tooth” removal?

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