“And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:25 Click here to read more.
Today’s worm post is a little different than my regular Compost Worm 101 Series posts.
If you, like me, did not study worms in high school biology, then some of these facts may really surprise you.
Did you know that compost worms … ?
1. Have five (5) hearts
It’s hard to imagine such tiny creatures having more than one heart – let alone FIVE – but they do!
2. Are hermaphrodites
Every compost worm has both male and female reproductive organs. It still requires two worms to create baby worms, but any two random worms can breed.
3. Breathe through their skin
Compost worms use the mucus membrane on their skin, which must be kept moist, to transfer oxygen from the air, through their skin, and into their circulatory system. I talked about this in How to Take Care of Compost Worms.
4. Sometimes make a snap-crackle-pop sound
I remember sitting on the floor having my daily devotions in the room our worms are kept. The house was silent – one nice thing about not having kids. I was having my prayer time when I heard this peculiar sound, similar to what you’d hear with a bowl of Rice Krispies cereal in milk. It took me a little while to determine where the noise was coming from. Imagine my surprise when I located the source.
Maybe it was the noise of their wiggly bodies moving around their food in a damp environment that created such a peculiar sound.
5. Have a life expectancy of 2 to 5 years
I don’t know about you, but I’m amazed that a worm can live as long as half the lifespan of most dogs. The lifespan of two worms can equal the lifespan of a dog.
6. Have no eyes
7. Lay cocoons
A worm cocoon contains two or three baby worms. A worm can lay one to three (some say up to four) cocoons each week, depending on their food supply, how much space they have, and other important factors.
I’ve listed the links to the previous posts in this Compost Worm 101 Series: