The large worm in the picture above is an Alabama Jumper. It’s scientific name is Amynthas gracilus. It is plain to see that this worm is NOT a Red Worm. It’s color is grey.
There is a high volume worm grower on the net selling what HE calls ”Super Reds” as Alabama Jumpers. But…the worm featured in his ads as a “Super Red” is a European Nightcrawler (Eisenia Hortensis)…basically a large Red Worm! Super Reds, European Nightcrawler, Eisenia Hortensis…all names for the same worm…and yes, they are RED.
BUT THEY ARE NOT ALABAMA JUMPERS – GREY WORMS KNOWN FOR THEIR ABILITY TO THRIVE IN EVEN HEAVY CLAY SOIL!!!
What’s the bottom line? Avoid getting Ripped Off!
European Nightcrawlers, Canadian Nightcrawlers, Alabama Jumpers….basically any worm can be “Called” anything. It’s only the scientific name that cannot be easily changed.
Know the type of worm you are buying. Make sure your seller knows it’s scientic name! If a seller tries to get you to buy Red Worms for your garden, run, don’t walk. Red Worms are NOT dirt Worms.