We just heard from a reader who found a worm swimming in her toilet bowl at work. She sent us some great photos and requests answers to the following two questions: What kind of worm is it and how did it end up in the toilet? Finally, she added that her work building is in an older part of town where there is some standing water around the building.
The photos show a light pink, segmented worm that is two inches long. We are happy to inform our reader that this is an earthworm! Earthworms are discovered in toilets more often than you might think! Although earthworms’ ideal home is soil, these creatures can actually survive submerged in water as long as there is plenty of oxygen they can absorb. So how did this earthworm find its way into our reader’s toilet? There are a couple of possibilities. Earthworms need moisture to live, so if the worm found its way into her building, it might have found its way into the bathroom and then toilet while seeking moisture. Another possibility is that the worm found its way into the toilet via the sewer pipes. If she or her coworkers continue to discover earthworms in the work toilet, we suggest they call a plumber to investigate.
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In conclusion, a reader found a pink worm in the toilet at work. We believe this is an earthworm!
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