What Eats Earthworms?

By Leslie Renico
Normally, people only eat earthworms on a dare.

The earthworm is classified as a small scavenger with a lifetime of 80 days. Interestingly, earthworms have a gestation period that takes just about an entire lifetime, but when they do hatch their young, they are born 50 at a time. The average weight of an earthworm is 5 grams. Many different animals prey on earthworms, which is one reason why they spend so much time burrowing into and around the dirt.

Small Carnivores

A variety of small carnivores feed on earthworms when they come out of the ground. This includes animals like weasels, stoats, otters, mink and frogs. Spiders are just about the only small carnivore that does not feed on earthworms.

Medium Omnivores

Medium-sized omnivores (animals that eat animals and plants) also eat earthworms. Pigs and raccoons are two of the most common examples.

Birds

Just about all small and medium-sized birds will eat earthworms. American robins and woodcocks are two species indigenous to North America that focus on earthworms and insects in their diet.

Reptiles and Amphibians

The Eastern worm snake is just one of the species of snakes that will eat earthworms. Also, turtles and frogs will eat them as they forage. Other members of this group include centipedes and toads.

About the Author

Leslie Renico's grant-writing career began in 2006 and her grants have brought in millions of dollars for nonprofits serving the poor and providing medical care for the needy. Renico has appeared on television and her articles have appeared in various online publications. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice in 1997.