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Molluscs - Snails & Slugs Page 4

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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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2009 at 22:55    Image of day on 17 Aug 2009

Some long awaited rain brought out the slugs. The pale slug in the middle is a 'leopard' slug.

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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2011 at 22:06    Image of day on 13 Oct 2011

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Image Taken on 03 Aug 2012 at 00:48    Image of day on 16 Sep 2012

Single frame shortly after midnight.

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Image Taken on 25 Oct 2011 at 05:27    Image of day on 09 Dec 2011

A fieldmouse (wood mouse) sharing a peaceful moment with a much less vigorous Leopard slug.

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Image Taken on 13 Nov 2009 at 19:13    Image of day on 12 Dec 2009

The Leopard slug seems to have found a whole windfall apple to rasp at with his radula.

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Image Taken on 05 Oct 2012 at 22:27    Image of day on 18 Nov 2012

On a rainy night this fieldmouse (wood mouse) goes for a stroll over the slugs and snails that have also climbed up the metre high tree stump.

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Image Taken on 31 Oct 2011 at 23:41    Image of day on 23 Dec 2011

This is a montage of two leopard slugs on the side of the tree-stump over about 30 minutes around midnight. We are assured that this behaviour is definitely the prelude to mating. The initial frame looks like the initial nip the slug finding the invitational slime trail gives to the slug it finds.
The mating itself is an amazing sight - you can see a Video of it from a BBC documentary we remember seeing 'off air' at

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Image Taken on 11 Nov 2011 at 23:19    Image of day on 23 Dec 2011

A couple of weeks later we caught just this one frame of 2 leopard slugs 'formation slithering'.

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Image Taken on 12 Aug 2019 at 07:08    Image of day on 01 Oct 2019

The action over 8 minutes, as they writhe around each other and then withdraw their organs. In our case one of the Slugs then simply dropped to the ground (bottom right frame is just the upper slug still on the 'rope').

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Image Taken on 12 Aug 2019 at 07:06    Image of day on 01 Oct 2019

On an early morning walk after a wet night we came across this strand of slime hanging from a tree next to a path with a pair of Leopard Slugs at the bottom tightly entwined in a mating embrace. Over the next 20 minutes we took over 100 pics of this event, overheating the flashgun on the 'little' camera with us.
This initial shot (poor natural light) helps provides context. The strand plus Slugs at the bottom is about 0.5m long, and the same distance for the slugs down to the ground.

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Image Taken on 12 Aug 2019 at 07:07    Image of day on 01 Oct 2019

A close up of the Slugs, with their genitalia entwined. These enormous organs are extruded from the bodies and pulled back in after mating.
Slugs are Hermaphrodites - they are both male and female and here fertilise each other's eggs.

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Image Taken on 12 Aug 2019 at 07:18    Image of day on 01 Oct 2019

Passion spent, the Slug that dropped quietly crawls under the leaf litter (recently 'enhanced' by green leaves dropped in the storm) while the other climbs back up the slime rope and then up the tree trunk.

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Image Taken on 23 Oct 2021 at 07:31    Image of day on 05 Dec 2021

Unfortunately the exterior Mouse glut is mirrored by the invasion of mice inside our old house. We learnt a few years ago that some mice are too big to get into the live traps, or are not attracted top them, so Rats and Mouse traps catch the rest. The sad little corpses are welcomed by Magpie(s) - here carrying off 3 of them over a few minutes. The middle and right pics also show a juicy Leopard Slug, but the Magpie doesn't seem to fancy it.

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Image Taken on 28 May 2006 at 00:32    Image of day on 01 Jun 2006

The seemingly endless wet is bringing out the molluscs in quantity. 4 snails and a slug in this chance image.

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2009 at 13:23    Image of day on 16 Aug 2009

We know that moorhen eat snails in the pond, but don't think we have ever photographed or seen one with a land snail, in this case a couple of small ones. In the insert you can also see the directional serrations/barbs on the beak edge that probably help yanking about foliage & pond weed.

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Image of day on 22 Apr 2005

We rather like the juxtaposition of a leaping mouse and a couple of snails.

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