Why Is The Giant Gippsland Earthworm Endangered?
The survival of the Giant Gippsland Earthworm depends on one thing — moist soil. The higher rates of rainfall in Gippsland makes the habitat suitable for these animals, and generally, they’re found closer to creeks and riverbeds due to the damp soil.
Due to climate change, we already see more intense and frequent droughts. Extended periods of drought, and on the opposite side of the spectrum — flash flooding — have been known to negatively impact the giant earthworm’s population.
Human activities like road-making, dam building, deep ripping and trenching have been known to destroy their complex clay tunnels, which can span several hundred metres!