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Molluscs - Snails & Slugs Page 4

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 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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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2009 at 21:08    Image of day on 15 Oct 2009

What is it about fieldmice (wood mice) with slugs & snails?

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Image Taken on 12 Sep 2008 at 23:52    Image of day on 02 Oct 2008

A rabbit is giving this snail a close inspection, but the only risk to the snail is if the rabbit accidentally treads on it.

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Image Taken on 26 Oct 2015 at 22:41    Image of day on 19 Dec 2015

A Brown rat is making occasional visits to the hedge and meadow sites. Here we see it possibly inspecting a leopard slug (with another small slug to the right) and suspect that one or both slugs ended up on the menu. Rat's tail amaze us - real and powerful 5th limbs.

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Image Taken on 24 Oct 2012 at 19:30    Image of day on 27 Nov 2012

We tend to see the odd rats in the Autumn but so far they have only been about for a few days a year. This Rat had it's foot on a slug, but nevertheless did NOT eat it. Wonderful whiskers on this despised creature.

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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2010 at 02:16    Image of day on 01 Sep 2010

Going the opposite way at more sedate pace is a shrew. We rather like the snail in the background NOT taking part in a race. From being a very unusual sighting we have seen a shrew a few times now at this site so it may be becoming a regular.

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Image Taken on 15 May 2009 at 23:45    Image of day on 10 Jun 2009

Mice apparently staring at slugs and snails is uncannily common.

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Image Taken on 02 Oct 2006 at 21:11    Image of day on 17 Oct 2006

We love the way this slug is bridging the gap between the apply and log. Perhaps if you slow things down enough they become quite limber. Marie is studying this for improving her slug barriers round vulnerable vegetables.

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Image Taken on 14 Oct 2013 at 21:57    Image of day on 11 Dec 2013

Happenings in the Night: A field mouse jump downs from the log surrounded by various slugs and autumn debris

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2009 at 03:19    Image of day on 17 Aug 2009

And at another site on the same day 4 snails dominated the wet log.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2012 at 23:49    Image of day on 27 Aug 2012

An hour before the Field Vole visited the stone there was quite a variety of slugs 'radulating' their way through whatever was smeared on the stone.

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Image Taken on 25 May 2010 at 02:29    Image of day on 04 Jul 2010

Next frame was a badger, but an hour later so we guess this snail made it to safety even at their speed.

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Image Taken on 24 Apr 2014 at 07:53    Image of day on 21 Jun 2014

It had been raining for hours and the day started to lighten when we spotted this Snail climbing UP the bars of a peanut feeder cage (as used by Sparrowhawks to hang on to as they grab the bird 'protected' inside).
We like the water drop hanging from the shell that is imaging the world behind but upside down. The insert was a wide angle from the next frame - how and why did the snail end up climbing up?

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Image Taken on 22 Oct 2009 at 00:53    Image of day on 25 Nov 2009

The setup at this site got slightly disturbed by wind or an animal causing the camera to be triggered at random during the night. The dozens of otherwise identical frames showed us this snail spending 2 hours or so feeding on the top and side of the log. Start top right & go anticlockwise and then down.

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