Other common names: ANC; Super Red Worm; Japanese Tiger Worm; California Super Red Worm
Scientific name: Eudrilus eugeniae
The African Nightcrawler Worm (Eudrilus eugeniae) is a large species of earthworm which is native to tropical west Africa and is now widespread in warm regions, both wild and under vermiculture.
The African Nightcrawler Worm is an excellent vermicomposting worm because it tolerates higher temperatures than many other worm species. Earthworms can consume most kinds of organic matter and they can eat their own body weight per day. The excreta (castings) of the worms are rich in nitrate, available forms of P, K, Ca and Mg.
Appearance / health:
African Nightcrawler can grow to 8 inches in length.
composting bin, great composting worm, worm castings, warm weather
kitchen scraps, large bucket
"African Night Crawlers are a great composting worm that likes warm weather. Mature African Night Crawlers can grow up to be 10 inches in length. You can keep them outdoors in areas like Arizona or Florida of the US. If you live in a colder climate, it’s best to keep them indoors. Their temperature must be kept above 60 degrees. They are great crawlers and need to be in a composting bin or large bucket that can prevent them from escaping. If you notice that your worms are trying to escape their bin, you may want to inspect their bedding and replace it if necessary. Transfer all of your worms and worm castings to their new bedding. They can be fed a combination of ground cornmeal and oatmeal, egg shells, coffee grounds or kitchen scraps.."
From PGK1966 Apr 19 2015 3:05PM