We recently received an interesting message from one of our readers. He asked us if we have ever heard of something he refers to as a “river worm.” He explained that he obtains them by digging for them in the soil. He said that some of the worms are “green and stink” while others are “reddish to brown, but not quite like an earthworm.” He explained that when he puts these worms on a hook they become sticky, and that “the sticky stuff almost glows in the dark.” Our reader asked us if we could help in any to identify these mysterious creatures. He also wants to know if it would be easier to “pound a stick into the ground and use a rasp or a wide file to call the worms to the surface.” As of now, he has been “pounding a stick in the ground and hitting the stick to cause vibrations to call them to the surface.”
Based on the words our reader used in his message, we believe he is a fisherman (also known as an angler.) Unfortunately, we aren’t familiar with any worms like the creatures he mentioned. However, we think that maybe another angler who reads our articles on our site might have experience with these smelly green “river worms.” While we don’t know about the creatures themselves, we do know a little about worm grunting.
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Worm grunting is the method that our reader mentioned above to lure worms to the surface from deep in the soil. This method is based on the observation that when worms feel the earth tremble, they head to the surface in fear that the vibrations are from the predatory burrowing mole. Worm grunting requires a range of tools depending on preference, but some people use stakes, saws, and rakes. Another method for attracting worms to the surface is sprinkling water on the surface of the soil to mimic rain. This prompts earthworms to flee to the surface so that they don’t drown under the wet top layers of soil. We aren’t sure which method will work best for attracting the mysterious worms our reader has discovered, but we encourage him to try both and to see which yields the most success!
In conclusion, one of our readers reached out to us about some strange “river worms” he is curious about. Some are green and smell bad, and some are reddish brown but are not earthworms. Sadly, we aren’t sure what these organisms are, and our reader didn’t provide a picture for further information. We encourage any readers who do have input on this topic to share their thoughts in the comment section.
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