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worms are looking unhealthy

Posted by damia 7 (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 22, 11 at 15:30

For the last few weeks I've noticed that some of my worms are looking strange. They are yellowish and are slightly misshapen. All of the healthier looking ones have a blue-purple tint that I have not noticed previously. I've been feeding them primarily cut up fruit, and their bedding is newspaper. Are these colors normal? Or should I be worried?

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RE: worms are looking unhealthy

Mine change colour depending on where I find them :). If they are on the top, usually nice red and round. If I'm digging down I can find some ones with flat bottoms (due to pressure), pale undersides on top of other stuff etc. As long as they aren't dead and seem active I don't worry.

If you've been doing mostly fruit, can you toss some crushed eggshells in, could be getting a little acidic. But can't go wrong with bedding, clean bedding is always an escape for them if something is wrong. When in doubt, bedding ;)

RE: worms are looking unhealthy

I put some crushed eggshells in a few weeks ago, but they don't seem to be going anywhere. I've also been putting in a lot of extra bedding to keep the moisture down. Thanks for easing my fears. :)

RE: worms are looking unhealthy

You may have two varities of worms, a purple/blue and a yellow flat tail. At different times one may have a greater population than the other. As long as they are all working for you. Egg shells never do seem to disappear. I can't figure out why the planet is not covered in them.

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