Types of Worms.

Red Wiggler Worms / Red Worms.

Generally the worms used for composting are called red worms:

Eisenia Andrei/fetida or Lumbricus rubellis. These worms are ideal for composting as they are ferocious eaters, surface dwellers and prolific breeders.They love to live in close, highly populated environments and don’t burrow deeply into their housing structures.  If you hear the term “red wigglers or Red Worms” you know your purchasing the right type of worm. There are other types of worms that can be used:

– African night crawlers: Eudrilus eugenia, but as the name suggests, if they’re not     happy they WILL crawl away in the night.

– Gardeners friend worms: Amynthus gracious/corticus.

– Tiger worms: Eisenia fetida.

– Blues: Perionix excavatus/spenceralia.

Garden earthworms are not suitable for composting so please leave them be in the garden so as they may tunnel deeper down in the soil to help the garden.

Red wiggler worms can process large amounts of organic matter and under perfect situations can eat their body weight each day. They also reproduce rapidly and are tougher and quicker breeders than other types of composting worms.

Red wigglers can be used for feeding other “pets” as well including:

Feeding :

  • Pet Birds
  • Turtles
  • Iguanas
  • Aquarium Fish
  • Pond Fish
  • Salamanders
  • Snakes
  • Frogs

For more information and practical advice/tips on how to care raise Red wigglers/Red Worms-

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