|Teaching conservation in developing nations |
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|Appendix F: Live animals|
You can make an earthworm colony in a large jar, just as you do for ants. Earthworms live in and eat decaying plant matter. That is the habitat you will find them in.
1. Fill a jar with a mixture of sand, leaf mold and rich topsoil.
2. Put in several small earthworms.
3. Keep the soil moist so that the worms can burrow.
4. Wrap the jar with black paper. This way the earthworms will tunnel against the sides of the jar, and can then be seen.
5. Cover the jar with fine mesh wire.
6. Feed the worms by putting fresh leaves, dead leaves, bits of discarded vegetables, pieces of grass into the jar.
7. Add worms as you find them, but do not let the jar get too crowded.
8. These worms can be a food supply for other animals.