How to identify: the Green worm

Green worm gallery

Occurs in two different forms, a muddy greenish-yellow colour, and a pale grey colour.

Scientific name
Allolobophora chlorotica

Widely distributed and often the most numerous earthworm in all but the most acidic habitats.

Lives in the topsoil, often among plant roots.

Eats soil.

Small to medium-sized species. Typical adult  size up to 5cm in length when not moving.


  • Yellow ring towards the head
  • Often curls up in the hand
  • Both colour forms have three pairs of sucker-like discs on the underside of alternate segments of the saddle (not always easy to see)
  • Can produce large amounts of yellow fluid from pores along its body when disturbed