Invasive worms

Invasive worms or snake worms have been an unwanted topic in New England for a while now.

If you are not familiar with them, you will find information here that will help you recognize them.

Photo credit: UW Madison Arboretum

UNH Extension has several resources available including:

  • Invasive in the Spotlight – Jumping Worms Link
  • Plant Sales and Jumping Worms Link
  • Jumping Worm or European Nightcrawler Link
  • NH Bugs Jumping Worms Link

UMass Extension has a Jumping Worm Fact Sheet Link

Cornell Cooperative Extension has a conversation with Josef Gorres, U of VT. Link.

The Valley News in West Lebanon, NH, recently ran an article “Plant Sales Cancelled Due to Invasive Worms” which documented various reactions to the worms when including plants as part of a fundraiser. Link to article.

If you have questions about invasive worms or other gardening topics, you can contact Ask UNH Extension at or 1-877-398-4769.

Or if you need to report these worms or other invasive species, go to


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2 Responses to Invasive worms

  1. Haven’t seen any signs of them yet in my garden in central Maine, but I figure it’s only a matter of time.

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