Question - Do worms have a life cycle?

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Earthworm life cycle. After earthworms mate, their fertilised eggs are held in a protective cocoon. The baby worms (hatchlings) emerge and burrow into the soil, where they grow into juvenile then mature worms. It usually takes between 10 and 55 weeks for baby worms to mature into their full adult size. Once earthworms have reached adulthood – which can can be at four to six weeks – they're mature enough to reproduce and the cycle begins all over. Worms can live for years, usually anywhere between 4 to 8 years. Well worms have sensors (nerves which connect the brain to its muscles) that allow it to feel the light, vibration, the kinda earth around it. When adult worms give birth or deliver worm eggs, their eggs will typically be in a grape seed-like size. Baby worms at this point (after hatching out of their eggs) will start out with no reproductive organs but will be able to develop it after some time. Thinking and feeling: Worms have a brain that connects with nerves from their skin and muscles. Their nerves can detect light, vibrations, and even some tastes, and the muscles of their bodies make movements in response. Breathing: Worms breathe air in and carbon dioxide out, just like us, but they don't have lungs.

http://www.projectgrowgardens.org/uploads/media_items/one-page-guide-to-vermicomposting.original.pdf

How often do worms breed? The breeding cycle is approximately 27 days from mating to laying eggs. Worms can double in population every 60 days.

http://www.reaps.org/assets/17-012.pdf

A worm's speed is dependent on its size; large worms move faster than medium-sized worms, and medium-sized worms move faster than small worms. A large earthworm can move up to 73 metres per hour! A small earthworm, on the other hand, only travels about 7. 3 metres per hour, or 30 centimetres per minute.

http://www.wormsetc.com/worms-etc-blog/2012/05/earthworm-egg-capsules-red-worm-reproduction/

The worm egg capsules are bright golden yellow when first laid and progressively turn brownish red before hatching. Eisenia fetida egg capsules will hatch in about 21 days under ideal conditions and at about 80 degrees. The eggs hatch faster at warmer temperatures than what adult worms prefer.

https://midwestworms.com/blogs/worm-blog/the-amazing-african-nightcrawlers

Very Fast Reproduction Rate African Nightcrawlers produce approximately 2-3 cocoons per week with 2-3 babies per cocoon averaging out to about 6-7 worms per week.

https://extension.psu.edu/earthworm-production

Night crawlers mature in 350 days and produce 38 cocoons per year per worm. These large worms are typically 8-10 inches in length. Earthworms can be grown in any container with adequate organic matter and drainage.

https://unclejimswormfarm.com/composting-worm-babies/

They can survive the cold winter and wait to hatch in the spring. Cocoons are most likely to hatch in warmer weather. A cocoon starts with up to 10 eggs, but only 2 to 6 worms will eventually emerge. Hatchlings are tiny, less than an inch long.

http://www.askorganic.co.uk/composting/Worming%20out%20Facts.pdf

They have a saddle on their backs. Worms can produce 1000 babies in 6 The saddle becomes an egg.. months Worm eggs are called cocoons.

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/52337/3-creatures-more-one-heart

Earthworms While it is not technically a “heart, ” the aortic arch of the earthworm performs a similar function and is commonly referred to as one for the sake of simplicity. An earthworm has five arches/hearts that are segmented and pump blood throughout its body.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthworm

Earthworms are hermaphrodites; that is, they have both male and female sexual organs. The sexual organs are located in segments 9 to 15. As a result, segment 15 of one worm exudes sperm into segments 9 and 10 with its storage vesicles of its mate.

https://www.livescience.com/38371-two-worms-worm-cut-in-half.html

If an earthworm is split in two, it will not become two new worms. The head of the worm may survive and regenerate its tail if the animal is cut behind the clitellum. But the original tail of the worm will not be able to grow a new head (or the rest of its vital organs), and will instead die.

https://www.reference.com/world-view/group-worms-called-e770f78f261dc4ef

A group of worms is called a clew. The term being coined as a collective noun for worms is a reflection of a group of worms resembling a clew of cord. Unusual terms used for a specific group of animals is linguistically referred to as terms of venery.

https://unclejimswormfarm.com/answers-to-common-worm-questions/

While there are varying definitions of the word pain, and while worms do not suffer the same way as we vertebrates suffer, worms do feel negative stimuli. Perception of pain is important to the survival of any animal. So in short, yes, worms feel pain.

https://www.quora.com/What-are-baby-worms-called

In everyday language, the term worm is also applied to various other living forms such as larvae insects, millipedes, centipedes, shipworms (teredo worms), or even some vertebrates (creatures with a backbone) such as blindworms and caecilians. Sadly, there is no name for baby worm. It's just called a worm.

https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-enhealth-manual-atsi-cnt

Parasitic worms are small animals which can live inside the body. Their eggs are taken into the body, usually by swallowing. The worms then hatch out of the eggs and live in the body. Some types of worm larvae (young worms) can also burrow their way into the body through the skin.