Lot Of Snails
There have been many, many snails this summer. I suppose their number is not unusual. I not only see occupied shells with their slow moving residents, but also abandoned shells bleached white, standing out against the dark soil looking like a mushroom, or a piece of quartz waiting to be found. I have a collection of those bleached shells sitting under my computer monitor reminding me of the natural world that is just outside my door. All sizes, ranging from 1.125 to a tiny .5 inch. Sixteen of them, looking up at me in their swirled arrangement.
These snails eat all sorts of things — fruit, leaves, bark, algae, limestone. Wow! Imagine that, they eat limestone! They manage to eat these things with their “radula”, which is a rasplike structure with tiny teeth that is used for scraping food particles off a surface. In West Virginia Wildlife Magazine it says, “If you place a land snail gently on your hand it may “taste” your skin, a harmless sensation that feels like a cat’s licking.” I don’t think I’ll try that! I’ll just watch, and take photographs!