Snow Worms

Hi, my name is Bill Thornton and I live in Port Orchard. I have lived here since 1979 and seen many snows. I consider my self to be an observant outdoorsman, and have seen many strange things in my travels. But on Christmas day morning this year I noticed something very interesting that I have never seen here before. When I went outside to take my dog out I started noticing what looked like little pieces of yellow string, all about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, all over the top of the snow in the back yard. As I looked closer I could see they were very thin yellow worms, crawling out of the snow. The more I looked the more I saw. There were hundreds of them all over the snow squirming around. As the morning turned to afternoon, they began going back down into the snow till there were only a few visible. I started looking other places around the local neighborhood and could see they were everywhere. So I started searching the internet for any info. on the worms and couldn’t find a thing that comes close. Intrigued by the little mysterious worms, I started sharing my find with family and friends. I have now discovered them in 2 other locations here in Port Orchard, so its not an isolated incident. And I keep thinking I cant be the only one who has seen these things. Maybe you can help me to figure out where they came from, and what kind of worms they are. Like I said they are 1 to 1 1/2 " long, very thin, and the very tip of the head is white. They seem to be sensitive to the light, and are less active as it warms up. I don’t see many in the evening, but theres lots of them in the morning. I have enclosed 2 photos to show you what they look like. I have never seen these things before, so they cant be common here. If anyone there still has snow in their yard, have them look real close for them, maybe they will see them. I know its not front page news, but it is quite interesting don’t you think?

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Sheri says ... on Saturday, Mar 2 at 4:16 PM

My girls just found some in our yard too!! We live in the East Kootenays in Canada...pretty cool.

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Martin says ... on Thursday, Nov 24 at 3:42 PM

Hey Bill, I'm writing from Terrace, northern British Columbia in Canada, I was outside this morning and saw several of these little worms on the snow on my deck as well as in the snow in the yard. Moved here recently and had never seen them before.

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Mike says ... on Tuesday, Jan 6 at 3:16 PM

I noticed these little guys as well. I have a hunch they're juvenile earthworms. We're located in Nanaimo, BC.

Karin says ... on Monday, Jan 5 at 11:41 AM

We're in Gig Harbor and have these too, they turned up in a saucer sled left outside overnight and in our ice chest left on the back patio. I've never seen anything like this.

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Just read an article that believes the worms are "juvenile earthworms" simply up on the surface of the snow to get oxygen. They are testing samples at UW right now.

kurt says ... on Thursday, Jan 1 at 7:10 PM

dude,thats just sick,i read your article and went outside to look and i've got them too,there everywhere on the snow,maybe we just dont notice them off the snow so much. i am also in port orchard near olalla.

Brent Willis says ... on Thursday, Jan 1 at 5:29 PM

I live in Duncan B.C and just saw them for the first time...What are they and why have I never seen them before???

Sarah says ... on Thursday, Jan 1 at 12:19 PM

My daughter built an igloo last week and a day or two later saw them falling out of the igloo ceiling (she was pretty grossed out!). We live in Gig Harbor. I will keep an eye on this site as I would love to know what they are.

L says ... on Thursday, Jan 1 at 3:04 AM

We were just having a New Years party at a friends and ran out of ice, so someone went and got a bowl of snow. (I know..) Anyways I just realized I drank some, so I am kind of freaked out. I will let you know how it goes.

Mike says ... on Tuesday, Dec 30 at 7:01 AM

I had them all over the yard here on the Key Peninsula too. Hundreds if not thousands.

Jenn says ... on Tuesday, Dec 30 at 12:42 AM

Hey Bill. I too noticed these little guys in my front yard on December 26 2008. I also consider myself observant, and have never seen them before. I live near Vancouver BC.

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