Common Earthworm

Common Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris)

Common Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) · iNaturalist

Identification:

Earthworms have a "worm shape" with tapered ends. Their color can range from very light pink to reddish, and they have segments and exude mucus which makes them slimy.

Habitat:

Earthworms can be found under leaf litter, logs, and in the soil. They need a moist habitat, although they will move up to the surface if the soil becomes saturated with water.

Overview:

Earthworms are detrivores (debris eaters). They are important for soil health becouse they cycle organic material from the top of the soil to the bottom layers, and create holes that help ventilate the soil.

Fun Fact: 

An earthworm's "poop" is called a casting.

Sources:

http://www.iucngisd.org/gisd/species.php?sc=1555#:~:text=Lumbricus%20ter....

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/soils/health/biolog...

 

Image Sources: 

https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/81545-Lumbricus-terrestris