On our little farm at Malaga, Ohio where my brothers and I grew up, the soil was rich. Plants of many species vied for the opportunity to draw the nutrients from the light brown loam. Nightcrawlers were also fond of this area. Early in the morning during the summer months, there were times when hundreds of nightcrawlers could be seen mating in our backyard. Being fishermen, we often picked up a few for our own purposes. We had to be very careful while extracting a worm from its burrow. If you pulled too hard, you could find yourself holding half a worm. We learned that a steady tension eventually got the job done. Nightcrawlers have tiny bristles, which they use to secure themselves in their holes. However, a prolonged pull tires the worm and wins the day when the worm's muscles are exhausted.