Earthworms

Earthworms live underground, and are used by often humans for fishing bait, gardening, and waste decomposition.

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Earthworms

Can earthworm reproduce asexually?

Yes.An earthworm can reproduce asexually.There are lines on its body dividing its body.The last line that's closest to the end of its body breaks off and that piece forms into a baby worm.

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What will happen if salt is sprinkled on earthworm?

  • Similar to that of a slug, the worm would die and who ever done the deed would be thought of as one of them cruel kids to avoid.

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What are some examples of annelids?

Annelids include segmented worms including ragworms, earthworms leeches ,neries and fanworms.
Polychaeta, Hirudinea, Oligochaeta

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What do you call a person who studies earth worms?

Helminthology is the study of worms

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What is the function of the anus in an earthworm?

To take poops

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4 How did the earthworm arrive in North America?

they came by a ship

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Are earthworms more intelligent than humans?

No.

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How snakes and earthworms differ?

Snakes:

Have heat vision

super sense of smell

Cold blooded

sometimes have vemon

eat live prey

live in a wide range of climates

Worms:

blind

can regenorate

no skeleltal system

breathe through pores in their skin

live breathe eat breed underground

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What do earth worms eat?

they eat compost
no they eat dirt

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What is the average pulse of the earthworm during 1 minute?

48

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3 examples of annelids?

leaches, ragworms and earthworms , Neries , Hirudinaria , fanworms .

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Can you use earthworms for sea fishing?

Yes definitely ! Earthworms are one of the best foods for fish.....

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What phylum is a earth worm?

annelida aka annelids. it shares this phylum with leeches

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If a man lets an earthworm go inside his penis what will happen to him and the earthworm?

Earthworms are VERY unique creatures, unlike any other insect, earthworms only eat fertalized substance, such as dirt and mud. They do not eat flesh, never have and never will. If a man were to let an earthworm go inside his penis, the earthworm will do no harm, it would simply just move around looking for food, since earthworms have to constantly keep eat to continue producing its semen and to stay alive. Of course, letting an earth worm inside a man's penis can be VERY dangerouse to him, but no harm to the earthworm, in other words, it would be opposite, it will actually be the earthworms ultimate strength and a weekness to the man. Sperm is made and stored in the epididymis of the male, and is actually made out of food (sugars), proteins, and enzymes to help aid in the fertilization. Of course, sperm may not me a tasty meal for the man, but its the ultimale steroid use for the earthworm. If the earthworm were to find the epidermis, it can actually attach its mouth inside it, meaning when ever the man is in a sexual translation or producing new sperm, the earthworm would be obsorbing it and actually eating it but using the proteins and enzyms to help it stay alive.

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Why does an earthworm find it difficult to move on a glass?

Because glass is a smooth surface. Worms move by using microscopic hairs on their bodies to provide traction so they can pull themselves forward.

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Is an earthworm symmetrical?

Yes, basicly it is.

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What is the function of the setae on an earthworm?

Setae are external bristles that provide traction for the movement of a worm.

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Are earthworms nocturnal?

No, they are sensitive to light which is why they will only surface at night or on cloudy days.

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What other insects are earthworms related to?

This question relies on a false premise-- earthworms are not insects at all.

In fact, they are no more related than any two random members of the animal kingdom, such as dogs and cockroaches, or oysters and the Portuguese Man o War.

In fact, the same holds true of the two creatures names in this WikiAnswers category, worms and centipedes. Not related at all.

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What does earthworms do?

Earthworms dig through the soil and make it soft and fertile so that it's easier for plants to grow.

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Is an earthworm a herbivore or carnivore or omnivore?

An earthworm is an omnivore (but more specifically a detritivore as they mainly eat decaying plant matter). It eats whatever material (plant or animal) that it ingests from the soil.

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What do worms eat?

Worms have tiny mouths and will take extremely small bits out of things like bacteria, fungi and protozoa. The love organic matter such as plants, fruit, compost heaps of cut grass, potato peelings and decaying animals. When the food is too large for their mouths they moisten it to make it soft and suck it in.

Worms have no teeth and the "gizzard" does all the work. Grains of sand or soil are ingested along with the food and a grinding process occurs. When the food leaves the worm's gizzard, it goes into the intestine and is dissolved and absorbed into the worm's blood.

You cannot cut their head off earthworms or cut them in the middle to try to grow two worms. Cutting off any vital organs will kill them. However, if you cut the tail end off a worm (not advisable), then they will grow another one.

Worms are essential in gardens because they keep the soil soft, aerated, and full of nutrients which are good for your plants. When it rains hard, worms will surface to the top of the soil if there isn't enough airspace for them to get oxygen.

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What do you feed red worms?

If it grew, the worms can likely eat it. Red wigglers eat most things organic including fruit/veggie scraps, bread, coffee grounds/filters, tea bags, grains, plant trimmings, paper, leaves, etc.

A:Though the previous answer is technically true, I would like to qualify it.

Assuming you are raising worms in confinement, there are several things you should avoid feeding them. Any kind of food that is highly acidic, like citrus fruits or rinds, or tomatoes or tomato products, can significantly lower the pH of your worm bin, possibly to a level that is deadly for your worms.

The best thing to feed your worms (and simultaneously the best thing to use for bedding) is manure. However, you should only use the manure of ruminant (plant-eating) species, such as cattle or rabbits. The manure of carnivore (meat-eating) species, such as dogs, cats, and humans, is not as healthy for worms, but the most important thing is, it smells a lot worse than ruminant manure, and you don't want to gag when you are checking your worms.

Crushed egg shells are highly recommended for worm bins because they are a good source of calcium, increase the pH of the bin, and promote reproduction. Plus, if you are growing worms for fishing, the calcium helps to make the skin tougher, which makes it easier to thread a worm onto a fishing hook without the point coming out. However, you should never put raw egg shells in your worm bin. Raw egg shells will have some of the egg white clinging to them, and this could carry diseases that are harmful to your worms. Not to mention, it will stink to high heaven when it rots. If you boil the eggs before peeling them, the peeled shell can be put directly into the bin. But if you do something else with the eggs, such that you crack them open before cooking them, you can boil the empty shells for 5 minutes and they will be fine. One more note about egg shells. Egg shells have a thin, pliable film on the inside. When you crush the shells, this film will come away in sheets or strips. Put this film in your worm bin as well. I have found that worms like to use this film for laying their egg cocoons.

Fats and oils should not be fed to worms. Not only do they lower the pH, they also tend to stink when they rot. You should also avoid all meats and dairy products for the same reason. There is, however, one notable exception to the dairy product ban. If you are planning a fishing trip, 3-4 days before your trip, you can set aside enough worms for your trip in a separate container and feed them milk or, better yet, powdered milk. This will boost their calcium and toughen their skin. But you can't use that bedding anymore - throw it away.

You should also avoid any kind of "processed" foods, as these usually contain salt and other additives that will not be consumed by the worms, and thus will accumulate in your bin.

If you're growing worms at home, and don't have access to rabbit manure (or just don't want to smell it), the best thing to feed your worms is regular corn meal. Just make sure you get the kind that doesn't have salt and other additives.

If you want to save money on feed, you can feed your worms your kitchen waste (but pay attention to the "don't's" above). Any kind of raw fruits and vegetables (except the acidic ones) are great. But you want to chop them up into small bits, like a quarter-inch or smaller, so they will decompose more quickly. I like to put potato peels in my bin, but there's a slight problem with that. Potatoes reproduce themselves from "eyes" located on the peel, and often these eyes will sprout in your bin, and you have potato plants growing in your worm bin. If you get this, you can pull out the plants by the root, or just bury them in the bedding, where they too will be eaten by the worms.

Oh, I almost forgot. Watermelon! If you have any leftover watermelon, that would be excellent for worm food. The rind is fine too, but the red, fleshy part that humans eat is fantastic. I put about a pound of it in my bin one day and two weeks later, I had literally millions of baby worms. But watermelon is slightly acidic. It's probably not enough to kill your worms, but to be on the safe side, you might put a few egg shells in with the watermelon. Also, keep in mind that watermelon is about 95% water, so your bedding might get a little soggy. So don't add any additional water for a while, or you might drown your worms.

And though you didn't ask about it, that brings me to another important point. Worms need their bedding to be moist, but not wet. What I have read says that if you scoop out a handful of bedding and squeeze it tightly, you shouldn't get more than a few drops of liquid dripping out. In my experience, more than a few drops is okay, but you definitely don't want water streaming out when you squeeze the bedding.

And as for bedding, I use peat moss, but there are lots of things that will work. As mentioned before, ruminant manure is great for both bedding and food. Crushed leaves are also good. Some people use shredded newspaper (I don't know if it's important or not, but I've been told to avoid any color pictures from the newspaper). Some experts recommend adding a small amount of sand or other gritty soil to your bedding, because worms need something gritty to help digest their food. However, you should never use a sandy, gritty, or clayey soil for the majority of your bedding. Worms need a lot of organic matter in their bedding.

There are lots of resources online for tips on how to raise worms.

To add on to this very well written info, one of the general rules for deciding what or what not to feed you worms is: do not put anything into the bin that if rubbed over an open cut on your skin would irritate it. Wigglys have a very thin sensitive skin through which they breathe, so things like onion, garlic, ginger, lemon or limes (even though organic) would irritate their skin greatly. Also, adding properly prepared crushed egg shells not only helps the PH of the bin, but aids in the worms' digestion just as sand does with birds. For my own bin at home I just chop up most of my scraps by hand, but when feeding many bins as I do at our school, I find it helpful to use a large food processor to grind the food into small pieces when I have a lot of scraps to prepare. Also, it's one way to make sure the food you give them is not in big pieces that are too big. Many people think that a worm bin will smell badly, but if you always keep the worms and their food completely covered as mentioned above, your bin should smell like fresh soil when opened. One other neat hint, if using newspaper as bedding/food for your bin, putting it through a shredder first, makes the composting happen MUCH more quickly. For years I used to have the children rip the newspapers into small strips, but the shredder method is much more effective! It also makes for a more airy topping that the worms can breathe through.

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What do earthworms eat?

Earthworms extract nutrients from the decomposing vegetation, such as rotting leaves, and other organic matter, such as dead animals, from the dirt that they swallow as they tunnel through the ground.

Mostly Dirt. But not only dirt, but mostly the nutrients from rotting plant matter in the dirt.
Dirt.

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Do earthworms have a heart?

There are actually 5 hearts in an earthworm.

Correction:

They technically aren't hearts they are considered aortic arches

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