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Snail Gathering

Snail Gathering

This Violet plant is growing all over my yard.  I usually rip it out since it reseeds and spreads VERY quickly.  This one was actually growing on the edge of my front yard path.  As I bent down to rip it out I noticed something in it. Two snails!  And large ones at that.  I’m not sure if they mated, were about to mate, if one was trying to eat the other, or even whether they are the same species….

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Snails are Righties

Snails are Righties

This snail was climbing on an ornamental grass in my garden.  It was small (maybe 1/2″ at the most), but I was still impressed with how it was able to hold on to the thin grass seed stem. This closeup makes its balancing act look like even more of an accomplishment. Note that I took my photos of the “far” side of the snail shell.  We are so used to looking at the side with all of the whorls that…

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Snail on the Trail

Snail on the Trail

How often do you think hikers miss seeing things that are right under their noses?  I was looking down at the ground while hiking through the woods behind our house and saw something under the ivy and waterleaf. A super cool snail shell!  I actually find a lot of shells, but they usually don’t have any snails in them anymore.  What about this one?  Taking a closer look… …the snail was there! Judging from the photos on this Snails and…

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Oregon Grape Snail

Oregon Grape Snail

One of my Oregon Grape plants had a visitor on it this morning.  See it? It’s a snail that is hidden inside its shell. This is another Oregon Grape plant in my yard and yes, it is native to Oregon where we live.  It is an amazing plant.  It is evergreen and changes colors throughout the year from greens to reds and yellows.  It also has small yellow flowers that turn into bluish berries.  The berries are edible but are…

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Snail in the Forest

Snail in the Forest

This snail was wandering around in the woods behind our house.  I scared it for a moment and it hid inside its shell. Once it came back out I took this photo.  Look at the head closely.  See the extra small antenna near the ground?  Well, there is a matching one on the other side of the head to make it a total of 4 antennae.  According to a Cal-Berkley website: Technically they are tentacles, but “feeler” is a pretty…

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Oregon Forestsnail Hanging Out?

Oregon Forestsnail Hanging Out?

Land snail, possibly an Oregon Forestsnail, hanging out.  According to a UBC webpage, these snails prefer habitats that have big leaf maple trees and stinging nettle plants.  We have both in our yard. Related posts:Snail in the ForestOregon Grape SnailSnails are Righties