Eye Parasite

This is what happened when a parasitic larva grows into a fully grown worm in the eyeball of a frog.


Believe it or not, a Florida man first discovered humans can also be affected by this infection.

Transmission Vectors

  • Drinking water containing the larva (pretty rare in the U.S.)
  • Eating an animal infected with the parasite (looking at you, frog legs)
  • Contact with bodily orifices (eyes, ears, open wounds, etc…)

The only effective way to remove one of these parasites is to have it surgically removed.


“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.