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Rum is in the news again - this time for our enormous worms!

18-01-2016

The earthworms out at Papadil are the size of young snakes - more than three times the length and weight of mainland worms.

Dr Kevin Butt talked about them on Radio 4's Today programme recently:

"Dr Butt believes the Rum worms are bigger than average due to their remote, undisturbed location, with good quality soil.

Rum also lacks predators such as badgers, moles, hedgehogs and foxes which would usually gobble the worms before they had chance to grow into monsters.

Unlike most animals, which stop growing once they reach an adult size, earthworms keep on growing if left alone.

“These things have just have been left and have grown bigger and bigger,” explained Dr Butt, who has been studying earthworms for around 30 years."

Click on the link below for the full article:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12103254/Giant-worms-discovered-on-remote-Scottish-island.html

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