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Old 09-03-2008, 05:05 PM
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I was wondering, are earth worms good for a terrarium?
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I have some in my 75 gal, they don't seem to hurt anything. Some people like them because they aerate the soil. If you have them and want to get rid of them you can kill them off using dry ice.
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I actually was wondering about this as well because earth worms are generally a good processor for decomposing material and as you said good for aerating the soil. They also like a constant humid / moist soil though they do need to dry out once in awhile or they get soggy (personal experience we used to keep coffee cans of them to go fishing with).

I was a little worried that they might bother the frogs or the frogs would try to eat them and they would be too big and choke the frogs or something. I can't imagine that frogs would like them much they ooze nasty smelling and from my understanding tasting liquid. I'm not even sure why fish like them.

I also wasn't sure what this would do to things like wood lice and springtails. It was part of my idea of a variety of decomposers in my viv.
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What substrate are you using? If it has a high percentage of non-organic material (such as clay) the worms will aerate it, but if it's a highly organic substrate (such as coir or potting soil) worms can turn it into muck pretty quickly, IME.
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My substrate is made up of: cocofiber, sand, chopped up oak leaves, and orchid bark. Don't earth worms also make plant fertilizer too because they poop?
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Yeah, you can actually buy bags of worm poo for your plants.
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Yeah, you can actually buy bags of worm poo for your plants.
I would rather get a few worms from my back yard for free rather than buy poop. lol
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Whenever I notice earthworms, it is always followed by an enormous boom of springtails.
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Do you think they would survive in a mixture of Coconut husk chips, Fir Bark, Peat Moss, and dead Sphagnum Moss? That's what I've got on the floor of my viv.
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definitly. they live everywhere, they live in droplet of water, moss, plants, gravel... i have seen them just about everywhere in my vivs.
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My substrate is made up of: cocofiber, sand, chopped up oak leaves, and orchid bark. Don't earth worms also make plant fertilizer too because they poop?
The sand and orchid bark should help the substrate hold up better to the worm's activity. Worm castings do help provide nutrients, too.
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I can't imagine that frogs would like them much they ooze nasty smelling and from my understanding tasting liquid.
All of my frogs that i've ever had that weren't darts have loved eating earthworms, but yea there is no way a dart could eat them.
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I was going to say.. Many frogs and small snakes eat earthworms in the wild. Dart frogs are just too small to enjoy one of those suckers. I think they would do more good than harm to a viv, but you probably don't want to have baby earthworms...keep them under control. They stink VERY badly if you have too many!
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i'd skip. very potential vectors for parasites. kristy
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i'd skip. very potential vectors for parasites. kristy
Exactly, I wouldn't purposely add them.
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