After earthworms mate, their fertilised eggs are held in a protective cocoon. The baby worms (hatchlings) emerge and burrow into the soil, where they grow into juvenile then mature worms.
Source: Bobbie Kalman, The life cycle of an earthworm. New York: Crabtree, 2004
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Reference: Bobbie Kalman, The life cycle of an earthworm. New York: Crabtree, 2004
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