A reader sent us a picture of a red worm that he found in his toilet. He simply wanted to know what type of worm it was. The worm he found was about 4 centimeters in length and is red in color. It could be a number of types of worms, but from doing our research, it looks to be an earthworm, although they are not generally found inside of homes.
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In the past we have had readers find earthworms in parts of their homes like their showers. This could be the same type of worm that we have seen in previous articles or it could be a very different species. There are quite a few different species of earthworms, but again, they do not normally spend time in people’s homes.
The earthworm that our reader found in his toilet could have easily gotten onto his clothing and come off into the bathroom. It could have also been on the reader’s shoe. There are quite a few ways that it could have gotten into his home. Earthworms are a type of worm that do have a tendency to live in dirt and on lawns. After doing a little more research on this one, it is a type of earthworm that usually lives in compost dirt. The reader could have a hole in his home coming in from the outside or the basement where dirt could be coming into the home. Once the worm was inside, it immediately found the water source. The toilet. This is why it is very interesting to us how it got into our reader’s home.
Generally, earthworms’ bodies need moisture in order to survive and in order to breathe. If they end up in an area that is strange to them, like a home, they tend to seek out a water source. This could be the reason that our reader found this worm in the toilet.
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In summary, this worm in our reader’s picture is a type of earthworm. It is not harmful to the reader in fact, it probably got into the house by accident and was just trying to find the water source.