It doesn’t rain very often here, but when it does, the snails come out in force. I’ve always liked snails and their ilk; as a kid I kept slugs as pets. Unfortunately I think the snails here are brown garden snails, an invasive species.
Sinister invaders or not, like any snails they’re surprisingly engaging to watch. Bumpy skin, patterned shells, eyes on stalks, and total flexibility give a lot of opportunities for expression.
These are great pictures – I’m sure that was a lot of hard work catching up with them to get the shots! Lovely post – thanks.
Glad you liked the pictures! And yes, the snails were definitely a photographing challenge – I set my camera on Sports Mode and wore my running shoes. :-)
Love the snail photos…we don’t have them where I live in Alaska and I’ve always like them, thanks.
No snails?? Is it too cold?
We have a few little snails in ponds and lakes but no medium or big snails. And yes, too cold and dry in interior Alaska. As a gardener I guess it’s a good thing but I’d love to see and photograph one…some day :)
What excellent photographs. Are these snails Cornu aspersum? http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/gastro/brown_garden_snail.htm Here in England something that looks just like this deserves its name ‘common snail’ and it can be quite a pest in gardens.
I think it is, but haven’t been able to find a taxonomic key online, so take that with a grain of salt. They are considered a pest, based on the fact that when I tried to find a taxonomic key, all I found instead was advice for gardeners on how to kill them! They’re the only snails I’ve seen around here, so if they are the invasive European species, they seem to be handily outcompeting the natives.
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