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Look what I found today: extra long earthworm! Is this normal in your neck of the woods?

I was helping my dad dig a trench this morning and I thought I dug up a snake. This is an earthworm! They say things are bigger in Texas, but a huge earthworm here is usually around 8 inches. Has anyone ever seen one this big? I never have.

I didn't measure it, but to give you an idea on how long this thing is, the jeans I'm wearing are a 36" inseam.

EARTHWORM!




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"Sandworms grow to hundreds of meters in length..." :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandworm_(Dune)

If you never read Dune, you might want to put it on your summer reading list. http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m589qrFffi1qbaom0.jpg

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

bigmikedude's picture

Man you could use that thing to

tie a ladder on your truck.

Call Guinness

That is definately the longest

They look like the worms we

They look like the worms we used to dissect in high school. Never saw one in the wild though. Nice one.

You found a Night Crawler

that looks like a bayou critter to me.

that reminds me of fishing with yo-yo's on warm summer nights...

Is that an earthworm on your jeans......

or are you just.................

Time to go fishing.

Careful Ralph there could be more..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFNBUs7O-h4

This is when that second amendment comes in handy!

DEX

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

I hope I have neighbors like that...

..when the SHTF!!

A solid arsenal

I must say

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

I used to catch nightcrawlers like that

You'd have to know about where to look, then creep out at night with a flashlight with a handkerchief over it to dull the heat from the light so they don't know you're coming. Then, know which end was closest to the hole in the ground, then grab it at that end before it could shoot back in there. If you grabbed the wrong end, it would get so much traction going back in the ground on the other end that it would tear itself apart. We'd often catch them while they were mating.

To get them out during the day, you'd have to already know where they are from your night-stalking, then pour some soapy water on the ground. That drives them out.

It looks like there's some ash on the ground, could you guys have contaminated their ground a tad sort of like we'd do with the soapy water, for them to leave the ground during the day?

I've never seen one that dry-looking and dusty. They don't tend to go where it's dry.

Defend Liberty!

It's not ash. It's just limestone gravel and the dust from it

Limestone is very common here.

SteveMT's picture

Any Monsanto Roundup nearby?...

Or a transgenic-spliced human growth hormone gene perhaps?
That worm is a big'un!

I've seen only one that big

thought it was a snake!

Mods: Just curious. Why did you change title of my post? And

what was wrong with the one I had? I never had any journalism classes, but I always made high marks in my English and composition writing courses.

How would you grade my original title, and why is your title better?

Joη's picture

bc it was gimmicky and informationless, solely to draw views

Imagine if every post was like that here. It'd be unreadable.

Respect your readers, tell them what you're talking about instead of insisting they click in first.

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Thanks for the advice.

I don't normally post anything original on the DP. I usually just cut and paste articles and post them.

If I cut and paste an article from a website and it has a sensationalized title, should I change it?

Joη's picture

what do you think?

?

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

I think I will just

copy and paste them and not worry about how crazy the titles are and you can change whatever. That way I won't have to worry about it and people can click on the link anyway and read the unedited version.

Joη's picture

I don't recommend spreading things that are hyperbolic / false

.

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I don't think I've ever put a false article on DP

Do you think that I have?

Joη's picture

you just said you weren't going to worry about sensationalism

give people an inch, they'll take a mile. Give an them hyperbole (or sensationalism), and you're asking them to turn it into something it isn't.

So I try to stay as far away from that as I can to minimize those opportunities.

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Yeah, pretty common here

Well, if you do a lot of digging they're common, otherwise you could spend your entire life without seeing an earthworm even half that size.

A signature used to be here!

that is a NWO spy earthworm

sent here to look benign, it really is super-intelligent, and has a very long, skinny brain, requiring it to reach its great length. it may not look like much, but it can recite the Magna Carta, play Beethoven, and speaks perfect English. Beware! Its eyes are digital cameras and it is recording you for the authorities!

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

We called them Night Crawlers

when I was a kid. And we use to have some way of coaxing them up at night but I can't remember the technique. That was in northern Louisiana. I must say that is one of the biggest I've seen though, if not the biggest. Great find.

A a steel rod hook to hot side of 120VAC

Just to go fishing, not for fun.

Dance sucker dance, he never had a chance...

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haha!

yes, we used to do that too. Wet the ground thoroughly, then hook one wire from a cut off extension cord to a metal stake (rebar). Pound stake into the ground. Stand far away and plug in cord.

The worms would literally be sticking straight out the ground trying to get away from the electricity. lol

We used to coax them up by drenching the yard at night...

...and then go out with flashlights to pick them up.

It came from Fukashima

Ever see the movie Tremors?

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Whacha got there, son,

is a red wiggler. I think. Does it have tiny whiskers, and does it stink?

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