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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Worm Woods  

Holy Jumping Wormies, Batman! Sounds like Georgia has got some serious problems with Asian earthworms. Affectionately known as "Alabama jumpers" (Amynthas agrestis), these worms are known for their ability to jump right out of a bait cup. They are also known by scientists for their aggressive behavior, raising concerns that they could be having an impact on native earthworm species. Now the worms have recently been observed moving into forested areas in the Smoky Mountains, as evidenced by patches of the forest floor now completely devoid of any leaf litter. The Athens Banner-Herald has the full story, or you can read a paper on the subject here. Bonus points to the Banner-Herald for using the worm's scientific name.

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Now I've got to start worrying about worms? Is nothing scared?

By Anonymous John SMG, at 11/11/2007 12:40:00 AM  

Sacred, okay? I meant sacred. Although it is scary.

By Anonymous John SMG, at 11/12/2007 12:11:00 AM  

Awww, you corrected yourself before I got to make a joke about it. That's no fun!

By Blogger Jennifer Forman Orth, at 11/12/2007 12:31:00 AM  

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