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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 9m 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, comprised of hardened dirt 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. Instances of SCP-3441 burrows underground for the purposes of hunting, leaving only its anthill visible. Upon a living animal arriving within a certain distance of the anthill, SCP-3441 instances emerge from the soil and attempt to bite the animal. When bitten, 50 to 100 Solenopsis eggs are introduced into the affected organism's bloodstream. SCP-3441 also injects venom 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 succumbs to symptoms of aging, 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. 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.

Addendum A-2: SCP-3441 was obtained on █/██/19██ during an SCP recovery mission from a Chaos Insurgency base. SCP-3441 was found wandering around the outside area of a base with a shock collar, it has been theorized that it was being used to eliminate intruders on the base. After the mission, SCP-3441 was transferred to Site 14 for research and containment. During the mission, documents on SCP-3441 were found accounting the discovery and capture of SCP-3441. On ██/█/19██, reports came from ████ Park in █████ of disappearances of visitors, Solenopsis ant infestations, and sightings of a strange creature in the woods of the park. In response to the reports, Chaos Insurgency members conducted a search of █████ Park. In a search of the forest, Chaos Insurgency members discovered SCP-3441 waiting by a comatosed victim of its bite. Agents immediately attempted to neutralize SCP-3441 with tranquilizer guns, to no success, then with non-lethal shots with their weapons. SCP-3441 was contained at Base-█████ until being captured by The Foundation. The true origins of SCP-3441 are as of yet mostly unknown, where it originated from, how it was created or born, research may suggest that SCP-3441 is artificial and not born by nature. Investigation on the creator of SCP-3441 is being conducted, but as of yet has not returned any results.

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