The Guardian

Dave the earthworm wriggles into UK record books

The Guardian


A giant earthworm called Dave has wriggled his way into the record books after surfacing in Cheshire.

The 40cm annelid, weighing 26g, is the size of a small snake and the largest earthworm ever found in the UK.

Paul Rees from Widnes spotted the monster Lumbricus terrestris in his vegetable patch. His stepson George named it Dave.

Natural History Museum scientist Emma Sherlock, who chairs the Earthworm Society of Britain, said: "I was bowled over by the size of this worm when I opened the plastic box they sent it in. Not only is it really long, it is almost twice as heavy as any other wild earthworm ever seen, weighing the same as a small chocolate bar."