Many people find earthworms as disgusting. However, the largest and probably the one of the rarest types of earthworms are actually the most fragile worms on the whole planet.
The Giant Gippsland earthworms live in Gippsland, Australia, and hold a huge fascination over scientist all over the world. They can reach up to 31 inches in length when they’re fully stretched and spend most of their lives underground. They live mostly in moist soil with high water content, which provides them with enough oxygen. These worms lay only one egg at a time and it takes a whole ear for the newborn to hatch. Surprisingly, the newborn Gippsland worm isn’t tiny at all – it can reach up to 7 inches in length. Scientists still haven’t figured out the Gippsland worm’s exact lifespan, but they are believed to live up to 20 years.
Even though these worms are extremely fragile and rare, they can be seen over the surface if they sense a vibration of footsteps or a heavy rainfall. The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species has listed them as vulnerable and rare.