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I am having great difficulty stopping my Malaysian Blues from escaping here in Burma. I have made some Worm Inn style bags that work best, but I'm looking for another species to try. I've been offered some African Nightcrawlers, but the source says that they have been kept in the same bin as 3 other species, and he thinks that the Blues and the ANCs may have interbred. Is this even possible? What do you think?
No worries Bruce, worms do not interbreed.
Thank you very much for that confirmation. Although both the PEs and the EEs have the blue sheen to their heads, I should be able to tell the difference between adults just in their size (PEs small and EEs large). And the baby EEs should have a white tip to their tail, while the baby PEs should have a tail of uniform color. Any other distinguishing features that I should look for? I have built some CFTs out of 200L metal drums (like your plastic ones), that work very well and are so easy to harvest (I can twist the rods to loosen the castings), but I can't keep the PEs from escaping. I'm hoping the EEs are more home bodies and don't tend to wander. My hanging bags are pretty good for keeping the PEs corraled, but I am looking for systems that are easy, cheap and low maintenance to demonstrate to Burmese farmers as part of our organic farming trainings. The bags cost me about $20 to make and the drums about $25 (a week's wages for a Burmese farmer). Any suggestions you may have would be appreciated. Here are some photos and our website: www.solarroots.org. Thanks for your help, BruceIMG_1361.JPGIMG_1365.JPG
I'm surprised that your PE's are escaping. I found them to be just as content as any other species. (EF's and EE's)
Of course if they are short of food, they'll go elsewhere.
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