surprising snail

July 20, 2010 · 3 comments

in Other Invertebrates

Garden Snail   |   Mesmerising Moments

Light is fading as another day is done. But for some the garden restaurant is just opening.

Old man’s leathery skin held deep within a whorling shell expands.

Chestnut brown and golden stripes provided a safe haven from pecking predators. As his body uncurls the race is on but the pace is off.

A single, powerful, ambling foot carries the snail towards his food. I get down low to inspect him.

Even tinier creatures flit across his oozing body. I lean forward. A single grey, black-tipped eye stalk wiggles in my direction. Surprised, I feel scrutinised.


Find out more about garden snails (Helix aspersa) on Wikipedia.


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Crafty Green Poet July 21, 2010 at 06:53

what a wonderful photo, snails are such fascinating creatures

inawelshgarden July 21, 2010 at 21:02

I love snails . We have zillions in our garden . It is like doing hopscotch trying to get down our path first thing , without treading on any of these babies . They also like to get into the greenhouse . I don’t really mind . I always grow too much to allow for a certain amount of snail ‘damage ‘ . I like them to get a good dinner : D I loved this line , particularly : Old man’s leathery skin held deep within a whorling shell expands. That is pure snail , beautiful way with words : )

wildelycreative July 21, 2010 at 21:29

I do have a certain fascination with snails, maybe it’s because there are so many of them in the garden.
I moved my fingers about slowly in front of him before he looked at me and for the first time saw the internal structure of the eye sink into itself before he sucked in the stalk. Amazing to watch.
He felt comfortable enough to stick his eyes back out and have a good look at me. He followed my movements. An interesting way to spend an hour in the garden!

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