What gender are compost worms? He, she or it?

Michael sent us an interesting message!

I quote:

"Here is a suggestion about the
sentence: "It can be held in captivity Do you not mean she-he?"

"Worms are not robots; like humans, worms have genders. Please understand this-do you refer to any person as an it?"


Hello Michael,

thank you for your message! First let me state that I totally agree with you that compost worms are not to be confused with robots. I value those little creatures a lot ,and will pick a worm up anytime and place it back into the safety of its worm bin, if I see it stranded on the pavement.

Compost worms are actually hermaphrodites which possess both male and female sexual organs so I believe it wouldn't be correct to call a worm either he or she.

But I have no masters degree of the English language and welcome input from anyone with a better knowledge of the language.

Kind regards and happy worming :-)!


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