Follow the Adventures of Squirmin' Herman
Click on the picture to go to the interactive website
Hmmm. I wonder why Maggie has a problem with this picture of an earthworm. But she doesn't have a problem with this website, which describes a particular kind of earthworm called a red worm (scientific name, Eisenia fetida) Our earthworm habitat will be inhabited by a different species of earthworm called the nightcrawler (scientific name, Lumbricus terrestris), which is the longest species of earthworm. Even though they are two different species of earthworms, the characteristics described in this interactive website apply to the nightcrawler as well (except in the section called "My family history" and only that part that discusses the family, genus & species). The nightcrawler belongs to the family, Lumbricidae (not Lambricihae). Not to worry, we won't be discussing classification until you are a Junior 3/4!
Night crawlers are actually an invasive species
Click on this picture to go to a website that explains why invasive earthworms are a big problem in Wisconsin's forests
The Science News for Kids article explains how night crawlers are causing problems in forests. When you take your earthworm home, keep it in its habitat or put it in one of your houseplants. If you don't want to keep it, give it to a fisherman, who will make good use of it!