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APPLICANT: Earthworm

Posted by in Job Applications on December 4th, 2012 |


I’d like to get a gig with Animalacious because my friends all said I should try out for it. Plus I’m essential for the health of the planet. Not many living things can say that.
Name: Eric and Erica (Im a hermaphrodite – a male and a female)
Nickname: Scrounger
Claim to Fame: No one has ever written a song about me, (but if they have I’d love to hear it). Oh, and my other claim to fame is that I am one of nature’s top ‘soil scientists’
Qualifications: Ecosystem Engineer

Fun Facts about me

  • In one acre of land there can be a million earthworms
  • The largest earthworm recorded was 22 feet long, that was in South Africa
  • Earthworms have no arms legs or eyes, but can sense light. They move away from light and can become paralysed if exposed to light for too long
  • Earthworms can eat their own weight each day.
  • Earthworms eat organic matter, they assist decomposition by breaking it down into smaller pieces which allows bacteria and fungi to feed on it and release the nutrients.


Charles Darwin studied me for 39 years. Here’s some of what he said about me ‘When we behold a wide, turf-covered expanse, we should remember that its smoothness, on which so much of its beauty depends, is mainly due to all the inequalities having been slowly levelled by worms. It is a marvellous reflection that the whole of the superficial mould over any such expanse has passed, and will again pass, every few years through the bodies of worms. The plough is one of the most ancient and most valuable of mans inventions; but long before he existed the land was in fact regularly ploughed, and still continues to be thus ploughed by earth-worms. It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organised creatures. Some other animals, however, still more lowly organised, namely corals, have done far more conspicuous work in having constructed innumerable reefs and islands in the great oceans; but these are almost confined to the tropical zones. (p. 313 ‘Earthworms’ 1881)




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