Tapeworms do not have a mouth or teeth so they do not “eat” as humans or animals do. Instead tapeworms feed through diffusion as all normal cells in the body do. Tapeworms fix themselves to the walls of the intestines and absorb nutrients and discard waste through diffusion with the cell walls. A tapeworm will absorb food in relation to its size. The large the worm, the more food will be consumed and vice versa. This is why most tapeworms are not caught until they have been in place for awhile.
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