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Instant Blackworms?!

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kellee

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So the dish in which I usually put my newt's blackworms was completely dried up, and had been for a couple of days. There is always residue in the bottom, and it's gotten to the point where it -won't- come off, so I just don't bother. One night before I went to bed I added a little water to the empty dish and voila! the next day, there were -tons- of little blackworms in there. So, either I fed the little guy in my sleep, or blackworms are magic. Anyone know what might have happened here? Or has someone had this happen?
 
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jennifer

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When you say "little" do you mean really really tiny, or just the usual blackworm size? I think there may have been worms in there that weren't completely dried out (they huddle into a tight mass when they begin to dry out). Then they were OK when you added water. If that isn't it, then I'm stumped.
 
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