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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    As a child I planted a garden of weeds in the bottom of a goldfish bowl and stocked it with garden critters.  I was entranced by watching the ripples in the underside of a snail as it crawled up the glass.
  • steephillsteephill Posts: 1,726
    A Bermuda snail, photographed in 2007. Not sure if it is the same as the one in the news though, maybe the slightly smaller Poecilozonites circumfirmatus instead.



  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 18,048
    edited June 2019
    Yes, I saw that bit of news.

    It seems that their last known, and apparently preferred, habitat was inside old discarded plastic bags in an alley down the side of a cafe.😊

    earwig-go:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48527398

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,831
    I made my kid a "Snail and the Whale" cake for his birthday and I thought the SLS would appreciate the snail. Keen eyed society members may spot that the cake is slightly smaller than was possibly expected and I will plead adverse circumstances rather than point the finger at people who promised to bake a sponge cake rather than hurriedly buying one at the last minute.

    This is the tail of the humpback whale
    He held it out of the starlit sea
    and said to the snail
    "come sail with me"


    I've also been getting interested in the smaller snails in the garden. These aren't the ravenous garden snails or the beautiful stripey snails but the tiny brown-shelled snails that lurk in dark corners and come out at night to browse on detritus. They're often forgotten and I think of them as the civilian casualties in the chemical and organic snail wars. Nematodes don't care if your snails are friends or foes remember.
    These are vague IDs because there's a lot of snails that all look very similar but this is some kind of moss snail

    and a glass snail of some kind

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,520
    That's gorgeous - the cake I mean, not the snail  :D
    Those wee snails are quite cute though, and so is @steephill's, but I'm struggling to find any admiration for the ones I keep uncovering.
    They're starting to take the p*ss now. I had an old florist's pot over the water scarecrow yesterday as I was trundling back and forth. I lifted it off, and there was a mahoosive one sitting on top of it. 
    I did laugh though  ;)

    I often find really tiny ones in among the phormiums. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,831
    Well my quest to find all the snail species in my garden has hit two snags. One is that I can't find a good/easy ID guide and the other is that they keep running away before I can go get a camera.

    Anyway I think these are girdled snails. The keel ridge and white line are distinctive. I like the tiny spiral in the centre of the shell (the protoconch apparently).


    I can't find the ID for this one. It has distinct growth rings, 4 whorls, a black body and a deep ubilicus. I forgot to sniff it to check for garlic breath :/




  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 17,021
    Anyone remember my Brian 🐌 , well, he started off belonging to my daughter, then I took him on, she’s just bought two more, I told her I’ll enjoy those in a couple of years. Bless her😀  
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,831
    Saw this pot online today and thought of the SLS. Sadly I've no idea where it can be bought.


  • B3B3 Posts: 16,570
    I think it looks a bit creepy😕
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 17,021
    I’m not keen on it, however having a google I saw the air plants in a snail shell, these were very popular in the 70’s, Eden have a huge selection so I’m going to bring Brian’s shell in from the pond and plant him up. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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