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Molluscs - Snails & Slugs Page 5

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 27 Jun 2020 at 13:28    Image of day on 04 Aug 2020

Over the main pond this pair of Pond snails are entwined in a loving embrace. Snails are hermaphrodites, so both 'hope' to end up 'pregnant'.

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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 Aug 2020 at 23:45    Image of day on 21 Sep 2020

And another night on finds two Red Underwing Moths joining a leopard slug for the feast. It's not very clear, but it is possible that the moth on the right is sucking up fluid that wets the slug. We have definitely seen fieldmice (wood mice) licking slugs, but this sighting is less certain.

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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 13 Aug 2023 at 08:58    Image of day on 05 Oct 2023

A couple of days later we find this similar sized slug struggling across the dry and dusty concrete farm road. We took his picture (also with a size reference not shown) before picking them up and moving to safety of a hedge.

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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 19 Jun 2022 at 09:03    Image of day on 09 Aug 2022

Several instances recently of snails out in dangerous places. This one is in the tyre tracks on the Farm Road. They had a few seconds 'aviation' experience to take him where they were going without the risk of being flattened by the next vehicle.

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Image Taken on 07 May 2023 at 08:46    Image of day on 25 Jun 2023

We don't see much of snails here, and after the rains were surprised to come across this large snail lying on its side to eat a closed Dandelion flower.

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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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Image Taken on 17 Aug 2015 at 17:48    Image of day on 17 Oct 2015

We found this smashed snail shell on the ground by the stone. Evidence found at the scene of the Song Thrush's 'crime'.

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Image Taken on 29 Jul 2014 at 12:42    Image of day on 11 Oct 2014

When the bird has gone we found the remains of the shell middle right, and a few fragments on the edge of the corrugated iron.

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