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I’ll bet you thought that the earthworm were only good for fish-bait. Well, think again. The earthworm is one of nature’s top soil scientists. The earthworm is responsible for a lot of the things that help make our soil good enough to grow healthy plants and provide us food.

Earthworms are like free farm help. They help to till the soil by bringing down organic matter like leaves and grass from the top and mixing it with the soil below. When they eat, they leave behind castings that are a very valuable type of fertilizer. This also helps to increase the amount of air and water that gets into the soil.

If there are 500,000 worms living in ½ hectare (1.2 acres) of soil, they could make 45 tonne (50 US tons) of castings. That’s like lining up 100,000 500gms (one pound) of Milo tins filled with castings. These same worms burrowing into the same area of soil can create a drainage system equal to 610m (2,001ft) of 15cm (6in) pipe.

A ½ hectare (1.2 acres) of good land can support over a million earthworms.

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Having lot of worms around in your garden is a truly good sign that you have a healthy soil.

An earthworm can grow only so long. A well-fed adult will depend on what kind of worm it is, how many segments it has, how old it is and how well fed it is. A Lumbricus Terrestris will be from 90-300mm (3½ - 11½ins) long.

There are approximately 2,700 different kinds of earthworms.

Worms live where there is food, moisture, oxygen and a favourable temperature. If they don’t have these things, they go somewhere else.

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The largest earthworm ever found was in South Africa and measured 6.7m (22ft) from its nose to the tip of its tail.

Worms tunnel deeply in the soil and bring subsoil closer to the surface mixing it with the topsoil. Slime, a secretion of earthworms, contains nitrogen. Nitrogen is an important nutrient for plants. The sticky slime helps to hold clusters of soil particles together in formations called aggregates.

Earthworms have the ability to replace or replicate lost segments. This ability varies greatly depending on the species of worm you have, the amount of damage to the worm and where it is cut. It may be easy for a worm to replace a lost tail but may be very difficult or petty near impossible to replace a lost its anterior (front end; worms don’t have a head as such) if things are not just right.

The Australian Gippsland Earthworm grows to 3.5m (11½ft) long and can weigh 0.7kg (1½lbs).

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Even though worms can’t see nor do they hear but they can sense light, especially at their anterior (front end). They move away from light and will become paralysed if exposed to light for too long (approximately one hour).

Worms are hermaphrodites. Each worm has both male and female organs. Worms mate by joining their clitella (swollen area near the anterior of a mature worm) and exchanging sperm. Then each worm forms an egg capsule in its clitellum. Baby worms are not born but are hatched from cocoons smaller than a grain of rice.

Worms can eat their own weight each day.

The sticky slime a worm makes helps keep it moist because if the worm dries out, it will die, because it ‘breathes’ through its skin.

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Earthworms come to the surface when it rains because they need oxygen to breathe and they would drown if they stayed in the soil.

Worms typically live for about 3-4 years, regular earthworm can live 15 years but some of the largest worms can live to be 50 years old.

Some people eat earthworms, like some people in China and New Zealand.

Worms use a gizzard to grind up food instead of teeth.

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Vermicomposting is the treatment of wastes, like kitchen scraps, using worms.

Worms can have up to 5 hearts depending on the type of worm it is.

Earthworms will eat almost anything that was once alive but is now dead.

Worms are cold blooded and their body is made up of 80% water.

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Medium.
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 Found in Food/FruitVeges/Apple.


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 Found in People/Alcohol.


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 Found in Sayings.


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 Found in Seaside/Sea/Fish.


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ANIMALS.
AFRICA. GIRAFFE. HIPPOS. MONKEY’S Etc. RINO.
ANTS. BADGER. BATS. BEARS. PANDA.
POLAR. BEAVER. BEES & WASPS. BIRDS. BLUEJAY.
CARDINALS. CHICKADEE. CROWS. DOVES & PIGEONS. DUCKS.
EAGLES & FALCONS. FLAMINGOS. GEESE. HUMMING-BIRDS. KIWIS.
OSTRICHES. OWLS. PARROTS. PEACOCKS. PELICANS.
PENGUINS. PUFFINS. ROBINS. SEAGULLS. STORKS.
TOUCANS. TURKEYS. VULTURES. WOOD-PECKERS. BUNNIES.
BUTTERFLIES. CAMELS. CATS. CHIPMUNK. CROCS & ALIGTORS.
DEERS OR RELATED. BUFFALO. LLAMA. MOOSE. REINDEER.
DINOSAURS. DOGS. BASSET HOUND. BLOOD HOUND. BOXER.
BULLDOGS. DACHSHUND. DALMATIAN. GERMAN SHEPHERD. GREYHOUNDS.
GUARD DOGS. POODLE. PUPPIES. PUGS. SAINT BERNARDS.
DONKEY. DRAGONS. ELEPHANTS. FOXES. FROGS.
GOATS. HAMSTERS. HORSES. KANGAROO MOUSE. LIONS Etc.
PANTHERS. TIGERS. MICE. RATS. ON LINE.
PORCUPINES. RACCOONS. REPTILES & BUGS. CATER-PILLARS. FIREFLIES.
GRASS-HOPPERS. LADYBIRDS. LIZARDS. GECKOES. IGUANAS.
SCORPIONS. SNAILS. SNAKES. SPIDERS. SKUNKS.
SQUIRRELS. TURTLES Etc. WEASELS. WOLVES. WORMS.

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