Nightcrawlers Lumbricus terrestris
Nightcrawlers are arguably the most popular choice of bait worm in the pet trade. They are also larger in size than most other bait worms measuring in at 9 to 12 inches at maturity. Nightcrawlers are an excellent food choice for your hungry turtle or amphibian. Species like Red Eared Slider turtles and Marine Toads will go bananas over these worms. And unlike worms you might collect in the wild, our captive raised worms are free from chemicals, fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, or parasites.
Caring for your Nightcrawlers
You will need a few supplies to care for your Nightcrawlers. First and foremost, you will need a container to house your worms. A plastic tub with a lid or an aquarium with a screen top is good. The container should have several holes drilled in the bottom for drainage. You will also need a layer of bedding material for your worms to live in. A good option is a mix of peat moss and vermiculite. The container should be filled with enough bedding material so that the worms have plenty of room to move around.
To keep your Nightcrawlers healthy, you will need to provide them with a few things.
First, they need a food source. Worms are scavengers and will eat just about anything organic. You can give them table scraps, leaves, or even manure.
Second, they need moisture. However, you should avoid adding any meat or dairy products to the container, as these can spoil and make the worms sick. The bedding material should be kept moist but not wet.
Third, they need air. The container should have several holes drilled in the top for ventilation.
Nightcrawlers Nutritional Values