Sunday 27 February 2011

Waking up

I came across this snail on Friday, the first active snail of the year. It was covered on cobwebs; a fragment of its epiphragm - a sturdy yellowish membrane made up of layers of mucus that the snail produces to close their shell opening during their winter dormancy period - still attached to its shell. I am not sure if this snail emerged spontaneously, as I am doing a lot of pruning in the garden these days, but even if I disturbed, it moved all the way down the wall before settling again.

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