WHAT IS THE EARTHWORM?
The earthworm is the greatest living
contribution to soil fertility in the world. It
is also a great source of food for birds, turtles
and other small mammals. It even makes a great fish
bait. The earthworm tunnels and eats through soil
making it into rich living earth. It makes the earth
fertile for all plant life. The earthworm lives
underground and makes complex burrows six feet or
The earthworms body is two sets of muscles and it
has a mucus layer around it so that it can chew
through the toughest of dirts. The only time the
earthworm leaves its underground world is when it
rains and the ground is soaked or when it comes
to the surface to mate. Earthworms have both male
and female sex organs but it cannot fertilize itself.
Earthworms mate on the surface at night. The earthworm
collects the others sperm and stores it for later
use in reproduction. The earthworm lays a cocoon
with 20 or more earthworm babies in it and these
survive until the next season.