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Jackson, MS

May 4, 2013
10:43 AM

Post #9507913

This morning I saw the most amazing site: hundreds of baby earth worms wiggling in a pool of water at the end of my driveway. We just had 2 days of torrential, non-stop rain that saturated the ground and usually sends worms onto the carport, seeking dry ground. I try to save them but they are usually so soggy, just touching them causes them to fall apart.

I'm assuming these baby worms rose to the top of the soil to escape the soaked ground and got washed into the gutter where the water accumulated. I've been trying to scoop up as many as I could and place them in the drying soil.

It just seems so strange that I sorta question my assumptions that these are worms that just got a bad deal from mother nature. I'm I correct?

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Enterprise, AL
(Zone 8b)

May 4, 2013
11:29 AM

Post #9507939

That looks like a lot of worms. You must have a good population in your yard. I have a boggy area in my back yard that just stays saturated, constantly wet, soaked, boggy, and yet it is just full of very, very tiny earth worms. They must be able to stand a lot of water, but I don't know how long they could stay underwater on top of pavement. I do know that on the end of a hook they can survive under water for quite a while.
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 4, 2013
11:40 AM

Post #9507947

Happens every time it rains enough to saturate the ground... yes, it's nature.
Contra Costa County, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 6, 2013
9:51 PM

Post #9511336

IME once they reach that pink stage they can no longer survive. The other clue is that they fall apart when you try to move them.

If you can get them earlier, then you could probably place them on higher ground, perhaps somewhere in your garden that does not get quite so wet for so long.

Yes, they are probably washed down from other properties. While they like it damp, they cannot survive long term under water, so will usually come up out of the soil when you have that hard a rain. I have no idea why they keep moving until they are in a deep puddle and then stop, and do not continue moving until they are away from such a spot. Sort of like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire in reverse: They are getting out of the wet soil, and landing in the puddle.
Mexico City

May 6, 2013
11:00 PM

Post #9511370

Can you start a worm farm for castings for your garden I wonder? (Probably tough if they are smushy when you pick them up, huh) . Too bad, thats a ton of worms!
Contra Costa County, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 6, 2013
11:08 PM

Post #9511374

You could start a worm farm, if you could catch these guys while they are still healthy.

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