Most gardeners are extremely happy to see long juicy worms in the soil as they provide much needed aeration encouraging healthy plant growth.
A traditional North of England (UK) belief tells that worms could be used to indicate whether or not a person would recover from an illness. When on the way to visit a sick person a simple action would provide you with all the information you wanted to know. You were advised to peer under a stone and see if there was a worm underneath it. If there was a worm it was believed that the person was soon to recover, but the lack of such a creature provided no hope for the inquirer.
The name ‘worm’ has often been given to infamous dragons (See Mystical WWW Mystic’s Menagerie : Dragon).