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Molluscs - Snails & Slugs Page 3

Image Taken on 24 Oct 2013 at 23:50    Image of day on 18 Dec 2013

Did the Leopard slug make a sudden move that startled the fieldmouse (wood mouse)? We think NOT.

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Image of day on 23 Oct 2005

Just a rather typical collection of visitors. The slug is the shiny brown thing on the log.

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Image Taken on 01 May 2012 at 23:48    Image of day on 02 Jun 2012

Another opportunity for a lick? Fieldmice (Wood Mice) seem to find the mucus on slugs tasty!

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Image Taken on 03 Sep 2007 at 23:34    Image of day on 04 Oct 2007

All the peanut grits have gone, and we can't rid ourselves of the feeling that the mouse is wondering whether to eat the piece on the slug.

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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2011 at 23:35    Image of day on 13 Oct 2011

"What's this?" - it's weeks since it rained and this young fieldmouse (wood mouse) has probably not seen a snail before.

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Image Taken on 08 Jun 2010 at 23:19    Image of day on 22 Jul 2010

'If I kiss you will you turn into a mouse, or me into a slug?'
(Genuine single frame).

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Image Taken on 09 Oct 2007 at 21:25    Image of day on 12 Nov 2007

The younger mice are seeing snails for the first time and obviously don't know what to make of them.

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Image Taken on 07 Oct 2012 at 20:50    Image of day on 18 Nov 2012

Fieldmice (Wood Mice) tend to treat slugs and snails as furniture - here we think this one may be 'perched' on the Leopard Slug

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Image Taken on 22 Nov 2011 at 03:13    Image of day on 31 Dec 2011

At around 3 a.m. this fieldmouse (wood mouse) really can't be doing anything but having a lick of the (we are told) sweet and protein rich slime of the Leopard slug.

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Image Taken on 27 May 2006 at 22:34    Image of day on 03 Jun 2006

Snails move so slowly that this one seems to be treated as a knot of wood as far as this Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) is concerned.

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Image Taken on 12 Sep 2012 at 23:54    Image of day on 18 Oct 2012

What does Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) do with a slug in the way?
Walk on it.

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Image Taken on 12 Sep 2012 at 23:56    Image of day on 18 Oct 2012

2 Leopard slugs end-to-end and a fieldmouse (wood mouse) behind them created this fun juxtaposition in this chance single frame.

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Image Taken on 07 May 2010 at 22:11    Image of day on 06 Jun 2010

Looks like badgers like slugs!
Bottom of the image we have a fieldmouse (wood mouse) doing its usual coexistence with slugs. Half an hour later the badger arrived and it looks like it quickly cleared the stone of slugs. With their poor eyesight and probably out of view, the slug at the bottom left of the stone may have escaped, but this was the last frame for many hours so we don't know.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2006 at 23:27    Image of day on 13 Aug 2006

During the day we had 30mm of rain in 30 minutes - a real storm that flooded Milton Keynes central shopping mall. The wet conditions after weeks of dry brought out the gastropods - two slugs and a snail, along with a fieldmouse (wood mouse) in this frame.

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Image Taken on 23 Jan 2010 at 01:29    Image of day on 22 Feb 2010

The first large mammal appearance since a fortnight of freezing weather saw this fox on a rainy night just stepping over the stone and hopefully missing the slug on it.

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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2012 at 01:54    Image of day on 11 Nov 2012

Foxes don't seem to eat slugs or snails! This fox is more interested in something on the ground.

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Image Taken on 31 Jul 2013 at 00:41    Image of day on 18 Sep 2013

This a young fox around midnight apparently licking a Leopard slug. More adult foxes completely ignore slugs, but maybe they have to learn for themselves that they taste bad?

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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2008 at 22:33    Image of day on 07 Sep 2008

The slug is elegant in its own way - we don't skimp on the size of our slugs! This is actually a montage to get a better view of the slug from two successive frames a couple of minutes apart, but the juxtaposition is accurate.

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Image of day on 06 Apr 2005

On dewy night the logs at the feeding stations get covered in slugs and snails. Our jay seems to have discovered this nutritious snack. We know it was eaten because it hadn't had time to 'run' away before the next frame was taken.

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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2010 at 00:42    Image of day on 10 Oct 2010

The heap of food looks good enough for us to tuck in, and the slug and fieldmouse (wood mouse) seem to agree.

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