Tapeworms are parasites that live in the intestinal tract of many different types of animals. They suck their hosts dry of nutrients, and do so without even having a digestive system—they absorb the nutrients through their skin. To prevent falling out, the scolex (or head of the tapeworm) has hooks and suckers that latch on to the walls of the intestines.
Tapeworms Are Made Up Of Individual Males And Females
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Tapeworms do not have digestive systems. 00:59
The head of a tapeworm, called the scolex, has suckers and hooks to attach itself to the walls of the intestinal tract. 01:15
Tapeworms have segments called proglottids, and each has individual muscle control. 01:42