Since everyone else's tips are stupid. If you want to find a deathworm, you can use k mode and look underground. If a worm is nearby, you will see it's body. You can use a land mount like a thyla or a flyer like the wyvern. If flying, point the flyer downwards to make controlling easier. As for fighting it....use whatever dino you have. Rexes are great, wyverns too. Wolves are effective against the worms as well as the alpha to. If you plan to live out on the dunes in SE, be prepared to have random encounters time to time. These worms CAN destroy thatch-stone-adobe. My solution was to just use my rex army but wolves work great early game.
Ragnarock - Go into ice cave and kill the weak deathworms there. Use a good shield to block their attacks and melee them with a sword, easy quick kills because they have so little health and they drop the same loot as a regular deathworm. Make sure to wear warm cloths.
I used a Rex to kill a Deathworm a few minutes ago...
For your assessment:
My Rex had 300% Melee Damage and 10,4k health
After our battle he had around 5k health left and I was able to kill another one because I forcefed him until 7k hp...
Don’t underestimate this worm ... :/