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Get some earthworms to watch. Get several, so you can see
the ways in which they are similar to each other. Those big, pink, shiny, segmented ones are best for watching. Worms are animals, and I don't know if they make good pets or not. Probably you could keep them if you had a fish-bowl with loosely packed soil in it, and maybe something for lunch. I know lots of things that eat worms, but I don't know what worms eat. Maybe you should look in a book and find the answer.

A good place to find worms is in a garden where there is rich soil, covered by dead leaves. After it rains (or after you have watered the soil a little bit), get a flashlight and go out at night to collect the worms. A small hand-shovel will be good enough for digging, and you can avoid disturbing the roots of surrounding plants. If you have to use a large shovel, take very small "bites" of soil into the shovel at one time. Often, they will come up to the surface of the soil when it is moist, and you won't have to dig.

Worms have soft, long, round, segmented bodies. I think that if you cut a worm in half, it would continue to live and it probably wouldn't know the difference. I don't think that worms know very much. The body of a worm has moist skin. If the skin gets dry, I think the worm will die. How do worms maintain their body temperature? They are said to be "cold-blooded." That doesn't mean that they are cruel. It means that their body temperature is nearly the same as that of their environment.

Worms have no legs, but they get around pretty well without them. They can go pretty fast when a bird or fisherman is trying to catch them. They hatch from eggs. I think it would probably take four hundred zillion worm eggs to make an omelet. Yuck!

The brilliant scientist tells us that about ten thousand species of segmented worms have been identified, and most of them live in water. So much for worms all being alike!

When you have finished observing your worms, please return them to nature. They serve a good purpose. They aerate the soil so that plants can grow easily.


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