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Mat74UK's avatar

Why, when I got to work this morning is the car park covered in worms/nightcrawlers?

Asked by Mat74UK (4649points) March 25th, 2010

I trained a little in the night.

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gemiwing's avatar

If it rains, they move upward to avoid drowning. If there is a certain vibration- train etc- that can also make them come up to the surface.

PadmanJones's avatar

Worms need moisture in order to survive. So when it rains, they come up to the surface in order to find the most moisture possible. Their bodies are designed to help them burrow and find wet spots, so it’s something of a biological imperative for them to come above ground when it rains.

Mat74UK's avatar

Yes but it rains a LOT here why would so many decide to commit suicide by coming up and staying up past dawn?

cheebdragon's avatar

God’s idea of a practical joke…..?

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@PadmanJones No, worms come up to avoid excess rain and moisture from filling their burrows and drowning them, not to seek more of it.

Coloma's avatar

It is spring, perhaps it is a mating frenzy..a worm tangle, like some snakes engage in.

Makes sense to me….breeding season is here for everything! lolol

Coloma's avatar

Oh wait…don’t worms reproduce themselves…hmmm…never mind.

Coloma's avatar

THey do have 5 hearts though…pretty cool!

MissAusten's avatar

Our driveway was covered in worms after a heavy rain the other day. My son kept busy for a long time, picking them up and throwing them into the grass. I kind of felt bad for the worms because I think they crawled to the driveway in order to avoid drowning in the super-wet soil.

@Coloma Worms are hermaphrodites but still need other worms to reproduce.

Coloma's avatar

Hahaha…well, I better brush up on my knowledge of worms. lol

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