The diet of a worm is based off its location, but worms traditionally eat everything from dead leaves to melon rinds and even cardboard. Studies show that worms are one of the only creatures on the planet that use just about all solid waste as their main diet. This is why many environmentalists believe that worms have the ability to save the planet. They suggest that worms be added to landfills to help eat the waste before it builds up.Continue Reading
Just like any other creature, worms have foods that they like more than others. Worm farmers find that they love to eat pumpkin and corn cobs. Most worms are also big fans of fruit rinds from cantaloupe and watermelon. Although not their favorites, worms also enjoy eating banana peels, eggs shells, coffee grounds and tea bags. Worm farmers also say that worms can tolerate the digestion of citrus-based foods, garlic and onions. However, when worms are presented with other foods, these types of foods are avoided.
There are some foods that are not good for worms to eat. Worm farmers say meats, diary products, salty foods and bones are not good to put in worm compost piles. Other things to avoid feeding to worms include inorganic products and grass clippings.Learn more about Worms
Starting a worm farm requires a habitat to rear and sustain the animals. A container or bin that is opaque, at least 8 inches deep and aerated with 1/4-inch holes is an adequate enclosure. Add damp compost or decomposed manure mixed with shredded newspaper or wood shavings as a bedding material inside the enclosure. When the enclosure is complete, introduce appropriate amounts of kitchen scraps or decomposed manure into the bedding to feed the worms.Full Answer >
A meningeal worm, sometimes also referred to as a brain worm, llama worm or deer worm, is a parasite of the white-tailed deer that can be fatal when contracted by llamas. The meningeal worm causes severe damage to the llamas' central nervous system.Full Answer >
As of November 2015, some online resources for worm identification are Discover Life, Great Lakes Worm Watch and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Insect ID. Discover Life helps site users identify earthworms using the shapes of body parts. When a user selects a certain shape, links to possible worms appear.Full Answer >
A worm is not classified as an insect because it does not contain the characteristics defined by the scientific classification system for insects. Worms are tubular and do not contain legs or properly segmented bodies, two characteristics needed for an insect classification.Full Answer >