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> Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 19:02:43 +0200
> From: "Phillip Hansen" <skilphil at zenertech_com>
> Subject: Re: Earthworms
> Sorry my question came out a bit wrong.
> I did not mean are earthworms protected by law but does the principle of
> leaving the big ones alone to lay eggs and harvest the small ones apply.
> Since they reach maturity so early, which I did not know (thanks Ranya) my
> question was a bit off the mark.
If an earthworm has the band near their middle (the "clitellum") then
they are mature enough to lay eggs. I think size can be an effect of
environment, so size may not be generally relevant to egg production.
You can find tons of info (and links to more) at
(Mostly the focus is on vermicomposting and bait use, but it is still
Jennifer L. Greene . jgreene at jimmy_dfci.harvard.edu