Weird torpedo shaped burgundy-colored worm in my garden.

by Maxine
(Collinsville, IL USA)

Hope you can help identify a thing I found while turning over (10" deep) the soil in my little garden, I dug up a weird type of worm that I have never seen before in my life. It was a large 2" x .5" torpedo shaped thing with ringed sections, the color of a beet and looked like it had a tough shell texture.

Hard to tell head from tail, but it did move.

I put it in a double plastic bag and threw in my trash can and didn't want to get it out to take a picture.

Could this be the larvae of a "jumping worm", some get mighty big, the size of small snake. Yikes! My garden is filled with earthworms and those jumping worms.

Thanking you in advance for your expertise.

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May 01, 2021
torpedo shaped burgundy-colored worm
by: Pauly

Hello Maxine,

The torpedo shaped burgundy-colored worm in your garden?

This is puzzling to me, but without a picture, (which you can always upload for us) is very tough to tell what it could be.

Judging by the size (2") and hard shell it could be a centipede or a millipede.

The "Jumping Worms" (usually known as Alabama Jumpers) will look like your average earthworm and very muscular feeling and are very good worms to have in a garden or in a safe compost pile.

Other than uploading a picture, I don't really have much to go by, sorry. However, I'm betting that it might be a beneficial "worm" if it's in a garden or compost pile, unless it's a reddish copper-colored centipede that feeds on worms.

Hope you figure it out,

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