Sunday, May 16, 2010

Black Snail & Giant Snail

In an old pile of rough sawn wood, mixed with leaves and decay I found some really neat snails yesterday morning!

Have you ever seen a black snail? I hadn't ... it's shell was tinted slightly darker then the common colored snail, i think cause of it's dark black body wrapped up on the inside. These black snails were really striking and fun to watch - they seemed to be quick and not too shy.
Even it's eyeballs are black!
and there was more then one...
I also found a GINORMOUS snail, most likely the biggest regular snail I have ever seen in the forest. I didn't even know they got so thick, old looking and bulky!
That is my hand and a regular sized snail next it it for size... the splashes of white on it's shell, I could not tell if that's something growing on it, or bleached out spots from sunlight?
Have you ever seen the "snail scene" in Microcosmos (the movie about insect life close up and beautiful?) Watch it, it's hawt!


Kittie Howard said...

I googled black snails and learned they're from the Apple family (no relation to the fruit) and that the female is usually the largest.

Leslie's Gone Oko said...

Thanks Kittie -- Neato! I wonder why they call the family "Apple", i wonder if the tend to live under fruit trees or something similar?
Looking forward to having high speed internet again, so i can look all this stuff up!