European Nightcrawlers

New York Worms European Nightcrawlers

(Eisenia Hortensis AKA Dendrobeana Veneta)

New York Worms European Nightcrawler Earthworms

European Nightcrawlers, also know as Giant Redworms and Belgium Worms, were introduced into the United States from Europe in the late 1990s. Since that time, this worm is becoming more and more popular as both a large composting earthworm and an all around fishing bait here in the states. European Nightcrawlers grow three to eight inches long and thick as a pencil.

Although Red Wigglers or Redworms are the better known composting earthworms, European Nightcrawlers make great composting worms for those who wish to grow a larger earthworm. Much bigger than their smaller cousin the Red Wiggler or Redworm, European Nightcrawlers are easily grown in the same manner as Red Wigglers. Besides their size, the main difference between Red Wigglers and European Nightcrawlers for composting is that European Nightcrawlers do not breed as quickly nor eat as much as Red Wigglers. Kept reasonably warm and well fed, adult European Nightcrawlers will produce about one egg capsules per earthworm a week. It takes from three to seven months from hatching to maturity. The happier and less crowded they are, the faster they will reach maturity.

European Nightcrawlers make an excellent high protein treat for Koi and other pond fish, turtles, some snakes and lizards.

Bait Size European Nightcrawlers

If you are a fisherman looking for the perfect bait worm, look no further. The European Nightcrawler makes a superb bait worm, fantastic for all types of fish. Kept at temperatures between 40 degrees to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, European Nightcrawlers will live from three to five weeks in a bait cup. Much more heat tolerant than the common northern nightcrawler, they are also more cold tolerant than many other types of earthworms. European Nightcrawlers prefer conditions higher in moisture than most types of earthworms. Their affinity for moisture plus their cold tolerance, make them very attractive for ice fishing. European Nightcrawlers will still be active on the hook long after other baits have died.

These worms are tough. The only earthworm suitable for bait in brackish salt water, European Nightcrawlers will stay active on the hook even after thirty minutes in freezing or salty water. Will out fish common northern nightcrawlers, European Nightcrawlers are wonderful fishing worms. If you fish and havent tried European Nightcrawlers, you just dont know what you are missing!

The European Nightcrawlerswe ship are between 1.2 to 1.5 grams each.

Please do not expect worms that look like Canadian Nightcrawlers.

European Nightcrawlers will not grow as big as the Canadian Nightcrawlers,

but can get up to 4.5 grams, be 4-6"long and as thick as a #2 pencil

... with the proper feeding and care.


500 Bait Size


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We also have Redworms or Red Wigglers!

Keeping earthworms is easy! For information regarding care, housing and feeding, read Earthworm Care and Feeding.

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