When worms take over the world....

It's called... Global Worming!

Life of an Earthworm

Habitat

As most people know, worms like to live in the soil, grass, and rocks. Factors such as pH, moisture, and temperature affects whether or not a worm well consider it its home. The surface that a worm will live on has to be the right temperature, not too hot or cold, and has to has the right amount of moisture, not too dry or wet.

Adaptations

Earthworms have many adaptations that help them survive. One adaptation is the mucus that worms have around their body. This mucus helps them dig deep into soil, and helps them slide through the dirt. Worms also use tiny hair-like bristles and a stiffly shaped tip at the from that helps a worm move easier in soil. Also, when there is a major change in the habitat, a worm will dig deep into the ground and use their mucus to surround them self, staying safe. Whenever the habitat changes to a comfortable state, the worm will get out of the mucus layer.

Life Cycle

A worm starts of as a cocoon in the clitellum. When worms hatch, they are white, and around an inch and a half long. As soon as a worm hatches, the adult will not care for the young worm, and the young worm just has to start eating. After four to six weeks, worms turn into an adult worm, where the life cycle will start all over again!

Life Style

Seeing- Worms do not have eyes, but they have light and vibration receptors to feel their surroundings.


Hearing- Worms do not have any ears or any hearing body parts, but can feel vibrations.


Thinking/feeling- Worms have a brain that works with the nerves and the skin. Nerves can feel light, vibrations, and even some fragrances. The muscles in the worm react with the nerves and the brain, like the human.


Breathing- Worms breathe in and out gases like humans, but in a different way. Worms have to breathe in through the skin, using mucus, so worms have to stay moist to breathe, or else it will suffocate.


Moving- Worms have a mucus that helps them slide, hair-like bristles that help them move, and a cone-shaped tip to help them dig through dirt. A worm will contract and release in dirt to help dig.

Fun Facts on Worms

-There about 2,700 types of earthworms in the world

-In one square acre of land, there can be over one million worms living

-The longest worm in the world is about 22 feet from both tips

-Worms can eat their own weight every day

-Earthworms have both female and male organs

-Earthworms can live up to 50 years

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