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SCP-3441 before growing its shell

Item #: SCP-3441

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-3441 is to be kept in an enclosed room at Site 14. The enclosure is 18m x 18m x 18m with a triangular glass roof to allow natural light. The floor of the enclosure is filled with a 1m deep mixture of sand and dirt. The only entrance to the enclosure is through an observation room requiring Level 2 or higher clearance. Guards and personal with Level 3 Clearance or higher may enter into the enclosure with a weapon No personal other than Class-D may enter into the enclosure for research purposes.

Description:SCP-3441 is a member of the Solenopsis (Fire Ant) family that is roughly the size of a Galapagos Giant Tortoise. The specimen is 1.5m long and 0.7m tall. SCP-3441 has a protective 'shell' surrounding its thorax, which is comprised of materials including hardened dirt, [DATA EXPUNGED], and other as-of-yet unknown materials. Located on the top of the shell is a large ant hill that houses a colony of non-anomalous Solenopsis. In the wild, SCP-3441 hunts by burrowing underground, leaving only the ant hill visible. SCP-3441 waits for an animal or human to come in close proximity to the anthill, at which point it will emerge from hiding and attempt to bite the prey creature. If it is successful in biting its prey, SCP-3441 injects roughly 50-100 ant eggs into the prey's bloodstream. SCP-3441 also injects poisons to render the victim temporarily comatose, in order to prevent its movement from disturbing the injected eggs. Hatching takes roughly 1-2 days. During this time, SCP-3441 waits near the body for the eggs to hatch, at which point, the ant larvae will eat their way out of the body and join the Solenopsis colony.


SCP-3441 in the wild burrowed while hunting

Through various studies, it has been determined that SCP-3441 will live roughly for 80-100 years. Before it dies, SCP-3441 will attempt to reproduce asexually, laying four to six eggs which will hatch in two to four weeks. The newborn instances of SCP-3441 will fight one another, until only one is left alive as the primary specimen of SCP-3441. The young SCP-3441 will grow at a fast rate, gaining its shell after 1 year and reaching full size after 5 years. The process in which the specimen grows its shell starts with [DATA EXPUNGED]. SCP-3441 appears to lay eggs only when it is near death, as observed during Incident-739-A{See Addendum A-1}.

Addendum A-1: On █/█/19██, Agent █████(later found to be a member of the Chaos Insurgency) disobeyed orders when directed to retrieve Dr. ████ from the SCP-3441 observation room. Agent █████ entered SCP-3441's enclosure and proceeded to open fire on SCP-3441. After being alerted by Dr. █████, guards disarmed and removed Agent ████ from SCP-3441's enclosure. Due to Agent █████'s actions, SCP-3441 suffered heavy blood loss and was able to lay only one egg before death. This event and later experiments, that involved using poisons on SCP-3441, have proven that SCP-3441 will only lay eggs when near death as a self-preservation act. Afterwards, SCP-3441’s containment procedures were revised to include a clause of only D-Class personnel entering the enclosure. During closer examination of the corpse of SCP-3441, it was found that SCP-3441 is almost completely hollow, lacking the normal physiology of a Solenopsis ant. The ant colony living on its shell controls it in lieu of muscles and a nervous system. Further research is to be conducted to determine the process by which SCP-3441 produces its eggs.

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