This was a picture I'd found online that looked like one that I had killed that had a flat, roundish head. Unfortunatley, I was not in the mood to take a picture of it at the time.
Just my opinion, but from what I've killed, I don't think all tapeworms are segmented. The one I killed that looked like this was also thick like a rope, about 12 inches long- and brown. Perhaps they are just stained too with the herbals.
That picture looks familiar! Pioneer1 provided a great link to parasite pictures. I thought I had booked marked it (but didn't) because I wanted to go through the pics when I had some time on my hands (LOL!). When I looked quickly at some pics I remember seeing something like that parasite because it intrigued me with its unusual head; they gave a full description and name of the parasite. Give me some time.... I might be able to locate it again.
LOL, well that's one thing I haven't been around- raccoons.
It's been several months back that I got the one that I did, and could have had a good picture of it but just wasn't in the mood at the time. It was alot like the brown, large round worms, but it had a definite round, flat head.
I was reading in some old posts and I'm pretty sure it was you that was telling about a large round worm that is called: dioctophyma renale. I was trying to find out how large round worms can get- it said this one can get up to 100 cm in humans, and likes the kidneys. That's a scary thought.
Found this cruising across my driveway. Maybe we should move? Length is approx 10 inches. Body diameter is about 3mm (1/10"). Photos were taken with Canon XTI 10.1 MP and 100mm Macro lens with flash. Full size photos are available for free.
I know this is a few years old but: that is NOT a tape worm. ALL tapeworms are segmented and lack dark pigmentation. In fact many parasites lack darker pigment. This is a type of flatworm. I believe it to be the wondering broadhead planarian. It was introduced to the united states by accident from asia. I have seen them after a heavy rain here in pennsylvania. They feed on earth worms. They go by a few other names like landchovy, terrestrial flatworm etc.