How fast do worms go through the ground?



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    A recent study at the University of California Berkley found that the speed of Lumbricus, the most common genus of earthworm, varies depending on the size of the worm. The smallest earthworms (less than one gram) move at about .2 centimeters per second, mid-sized earthworms (four to five grams) at about 1.8 cm per second, and large earthworms (over eight grams) at 2cm per second. That’s about 234 feet per hour!

    This, however, is only the data from one study. I encourage you to conduct your own experiments, perhaps by organizing earthworm races some rainy day!

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