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Ice Worms!

Posted by on February 23, 2006 in Worms

Now, this is cool. The Seattle Times reports on an expedition to find ice worms, tiny segmented worms that live around glaciers. But here are some things you may not know about ice worms:

Their Latin name is Mesenchytraeus solifugus. They’re in the same taxonomic class as regular segmented earthworms that live in your garden.

They eat snow algae.

There can be as many as 2600 ice worms in a square meter of glacier. One glacier can hold more ice worms than the entire human population.

They live in temperate climates in Alaska, Canada, Oregon, and Washington.

Check them out here:

The Seattle Times: Local News: Ice worms: They’re real, and they’re hot