Sunday, April 18, 2010

Cepaea nemoralis

Most of my wildlife photos are of plants and fungi for one simple reason: they don't move. This makes them much easier to shoot than most animals. Luckily the grove snail or brown-lipped snail is slow. That gave me time to run inside, grab my camera and return in time to shoot one this morning.

These snails are found from spring to late summer in our yard. Apparently this species is native to Europe and was intentionally released by a British malacologist (one who studies molluscs). I suppose he was a tad homesick and wanted to see the garden snails from home thrive in the States. There isn't a whole lot of information out there on C. nemoralis but one interesting fact that extends to many gastropods (the group containing snails and slugs) is that they are hermaphrodites and when two individuals mate they are both fertilized.

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