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Giant Mosquito Wriggler

By (Image: James Gathany, CDC) - A New Model for Predicting Outbreaks of West Nile Virus. Gross L, PLoS Biology Vol. 4/4/2006, e101. https://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.0040101. See also: Kilpatrick AM, Kramer LD, Jones MJ, Marra PP, Daszak P (2006) West Nile Virus Epidemics in North America Are Driven by Shifts in Mosquito Feeding Behavior. PLoS Biol 4(4): e82 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0040082, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1441809, Giant Mosquito Wriggler
By (Image: James Gathany, CDC) – A New Model for Predicting Outbreaks of West Nile Virus. Gross L, PLoS Biology Vol. 4/4/2006, e101. https://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.0040101. See also: Kilpatrick AM, Kramer LD, Jones MJ, Marra PP, Daszak P (2006) West Nile Virus Epidemics in North America Are Driven by Shifts in Mosquito Feeding Behavior. PLoS Biol 4(4): e82 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0040082, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1441809

Nearly five feet long, this caterpillar has a broad head with compound eyes and long, hairy mandibles. A pair of antennae twitch before it.

Originally Posted by Shade of the En World forums.  
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Wrigglers are the larvae of giant mosquitos. They spend their time hunting fish, aquatic insects, and anything else they can catch underwater.

Wriggler meat is considered a delicacy in some cultures.

A wriggler is 5 feet long and weighs 100 pounds.

Mosquito, Giant, Wriggler
Medium vermin (Aquatic)
Hit Dice4d8 (18 hp)
Initiative+1
SpeedSwim 20 ft. (4 squares)
Armor Class13 (+1 Dexterity, +2 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 12
Base
Attack/Grapple
+3/+3
AttackBite +3 melee (1d6)
Full AttackBite +3 melee (1d6)
Space/Reach5 ft./5 ft.
Special AttacksImproved grab, swallow whole
Special QualitiesDarkvision 60 ft., vermin traits
SavesFort +4, Ref +2, Will +1
AbilitiesStrength 10, Dexterity 13, Constitution 11, Intelligence —, Wisdom 11, Charisma 2
SkillsSwim +8
Feats
EnvironmentAny aquatic
OrganizationSolitary or swarm (3-30)
Challenge Rating2
TreasureNone
AlignmentAlways neutral
Advancement
Level Adjustment

Combat

A wriggler simply grabs prey with its mandibles and attempt to swallow it whole. Although they will attack anything, they seldom eat anything they cannot swallow in a single gulp.

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, a wriggler must hit an opponent of up to one size smaller with its bite attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, it establishes a hold and can try to swallow the foe the following round.

Swallow Whole (Ex): A wriggler can try to swallow a grabbed opponent of up to two sizes smaller by making a successful grapple check. The swallowed creature takes 1d4 points of bludgeoning damage and 1d6 points of acid damage per round from the interior. A swallowed creature can cut its way out by using a light slashing or piercing weapon to deal 10 points of damage to the interior (AC 11). Once the creature exits, muscular action closes the hole; another swallowed opponent must cut its own way out.

A wriggler’s interior can hold 2 Tiny, 8 Diminutive, or 16 Fine opponents.

Skills: A wriggler has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform a special action or avoid a hazard. It can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. It can use the run action while swimming, provided it swims in a straight line.

Originally appeared in Polyhedron Magazine #67 (1992).

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