About red Californian worms
Red Californian worms (lat. Lumbricus rubellus) were obtained at the University of California cca. 60 years ago (in 1956). Adult worms are 5 to 8 cm long and red in colour. They can be raised anywhere in the world where the temperature is not lower than 0 °C and not exceeding 40 °C, while the optimal temperature for their reproduction is 20 °C. Thanks to their fast reproduction cycle, the population doubles every 40 days. They consume a daily ration that matches their own weight, of which 55% is transformed into vermicompost.
Red Californian worms can serve a variety of purposes – they can produce vermicompost and they are good for indoor composting, fishing, producing high protein flour for poultry and for feeding reptiles, birds and fish.
They serve as the most successful processing unit of organic waste since they can produce the highest quality vermicompost in rather short period of time. They process organic waste via their intestines, digest it and transform it into biohumus. Thanks to their capacity of processing all types of organic waste, they are nowadays widely used in processing of livestock waste, industrial waste and sewage waste. For this reason, it is believed that worms can solve some of the environmental pollution problems.