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  • tuikowhai34tuikowhai34 Béziers, Herault, FrancePosts: 780
    Good morning @Obelixx I agree - about better things for garlicky butter - like a French baguette!  Personally, I don't indulge but I do  have tasty arrangements @josusa47 for them to eat.  They particularly enjoy okra amongst most other things in my garden.  We have down here a conical shaped little snail - and boy are they hungry!!!

    It's okay @philippa smith2  - all is fine.  I hope you all have a great day! 

    Tui

    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • tuikowhai34tuikowhai34 Béziers, Herault, FrancePosts: 780
    @philippa smith2  I can't profess to love snails, either in my garden or on my plate.  I do tend to treat them like @Obelixx and move them our of their territory in a field opposite my home where they will be "at home" especially the tiny ones.  What amazes me here is the variety of snails that there are about - maybe when I have time, I will line up the different species and take a snap.  No, Philippa, you haven't jumped to conclusions, I'm not a fan only because they devour my garden and are an exasperating species like the White Butterfly.  But I can't stamp on them or drown them or any insect really.  Every species has their job to do.  
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,629
    I might be a little obsessed with my tiny hairy snail colony. It seems they're totally nocturnal though and shy away from bright lights which makes photos a bit tricky.

  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,629
    I found this snail on my nocturnal bug hunt last night. I thought it was just an average young Garden Snail but I checked and it has an open umbilicus whereas Garden Snails have a completely closed one. So now the Copse Snail (Arianta arbustorum) has become the 10th land snail species I've found in the garden. :)  I've been trying to find out how fast these guys grow. You can see the shell is deformed at the top and before that the growth rings show as that pale band. That might have been from last year's drought or caused by the early hot weather this year I guess.


  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,629
    Another one to add to the list :)  I collected some rain water to soak my tillandsia in on the weekend and when I got the plants out to dry this Amber Snail (Succinea putris) was exploring the leaves.


  • I met this muscular fellow during a walk in the woods near Fuschl, Salzkammergut, Austria. I believe the Romans were quite keen on them as a dietary delicacy in years gone by? Me? I'm more of a carnivore cum vegetarian. [shell width about 6cm].
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,629
    How many different ones have you come across now in your garden @wildedges ?
    That's the 11th species now and there's one or two others I'm not sure about. I've been meaning to check the pond for snails too as there'll be a few in there by now.


  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,037
    I haven't seen many snails in the garden this year and hardly any slugs.  I do have a hedgehog roaming around the garden now so that's maybe why the slug population is less and a lot of frogs.  A huge frog jumped out of a container I was deadheading this morning and made me really jump he was a beauty.  I do have lots of pond snails though.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,841
    My daughter’s snails have laid eggs, she’s saving a pair for me,  hoping they’re fertilised.
     
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,629
    Lyn said:
    My daughter’s snails have laid eggs, she’s saving a pair for me,  hoping they’re fertilised.
     
    How many eggs do they lay? Fingers crossed that they grow.

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