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18th Oct 2006, 20:02   | tags:,,,,,

daz says:

Love the top shot. :)

18th Oct 2006, 20:03

Twiglet says:


18th Oct 2006, 20:03

Dhamaka says:

thank you!

this marks the first time I've not boosted them off the roof to the neighbours' gardens

18th Oct 2006, 20:04

Caine says:

No eek! What a beautiful snail. 1 & 4 for me.

18th Oct 2006, 20:05

hildegard says:

Howabout a compromise - eeeuww? ;)
Sorry, this is good PR for snails, esp the top shot, but they're still slimy & they ate my hostas... :(

18th Oct 2006, 20:07

Dhamaka says:

they eat everything on my roof :(

18th Oct 2006, 20:08

Twiglet says:

I don't fear them I just find them and slugs a bit yakky!

18th Oct 2006, 20:10

But ... they're so tasty with garlic butter!


18th Oct 2006, 20:27

Dhamaka says:

Twiglet - they're certainly too slimy for good shots with camphone flash

Laszlo - have to admit I prefer the garlic butter to the actual snails

Boet - danjke wel!

18th Oct 2006, 20:57

Sprocket says:

Euuuucchhhhh . . . .

*reaches for the salt*

18th Oct 2006, 21:05

Dhamaka says:

there are far too many to salt, Sprocket

18th Oct 2006, 21:06

Sprocket says:

I have an awful lot of Saxa to hand.

18th Oct 2006, 21:08

Dhamaka says:


18th Oct 2006, 21:08

kostika says:

But I really like snails.

18th Oct 2006, 21:28

Dhamaka says:

to eat or as pets?

18th Oct 2006, 22:03

Viv says:

the colours are superb

18th Oct 2006, 22:13

FunnyBunny says:

LOL I have never seen a snail close up like that before, usually I see one and RUN they freak me out

18th Oct 2006, 23:13

harimanjaro says:

They may wreak havoc in my garden but I think they're strangely lovely creatures. But if they go near my carrots they're in BIG trouble..

19th Oct 2006, 00:17

walla_walla says:

I can't stand snails..... I hate when you accidently step on one too.

I like the shell from the first one tho....

19th Oct 2006, 05:16

Dhamaka says:

Thank you Viv, they're as-were although they're a bit washed out from the flash

FunnyBunny :-)

harimanjaro - if you find a successful way of stopping them that isn't bad for birds and animals please let me know

Walla_Walla - thanks :-)

19th Oct 2006, 08:23

harimanjaro says:

The guy who cleaned my chimney the other day said that a line of soot works well - it's mildly acidic so slugs and snails don't like slithering over it. Of course, you have to keep putting more down after it rains, but apparently it's a good soil improver as well. I'll be trying it next year.

19th Oct 2006, 09:04

paintist says:

I thought that snails liked to drown their sorrows in beer? MrP wont let me waste beer on snails so have never tried it...but I have heard they die a pleasant death

19th Oct 2006, 09:45

OJ says:

I love the pretty shell colours in the top shot.

19th Oct 2006, 11:24

Euphro says:

Great macro work of an underappreciated subject :D

19th Oct 2006, 11:25

kostika says:

Not as food or pets, just in general.

Slugs are yucky though. Blech!

19th Oct 2006, 11:51

i love snails. slugs not so much, because they're harder to pick up :-)

i like to let them crawl over my hands.

19th Oct 2006, 11:59

Back before I had a camera on me every single minute of the day, I ran across a brown slug with yellow longitudinal stripes that was, no kidding, more than a foot long and nearly two inches in diameter. I called it "Slugzilla".

Those bastards get HUGE on a steady diet of Meow Mix®.


19th Oct 2006, 15:12

Dhamaka says:

harimanjaro - thanks, I'll have to find a source of ash...

paintist - killing with kindness?

OJ & Euphro - thanks

Kostika - shame, I had some interesting images in my head..;-)

M_F - hmmm...

Laszlo - wow, but seriously every minute of the day?

19th Oct 2006, 16:39

MaggieD says:

moving swiftly on ......

19th Oct 2006, 18:23

Dhamaka says:

thank you sara
as snails do, Maggie

19th Oct 2006, 18:27

I tend to be on call 24/7 for my job, and my phone has a camera... so yeah. The camera is never more than arm's reach away.


19th Oct 2006, 20:51

FilbertFox says:

nice pics.

I am amazed at how they manage to squeeze under our backdoor, can't walk about barefoot at night!

19th Oct 2006, 21:38

Dhamaka says:

Laszlo - so 24/7 it is then
FF - thanks

19th Oct 2006, 22:36

JokerXL says:

"Slugs & snails & puppy-dog's tails....."

21st Oct 2006, 06:45

midlife says:

Oh My

21st Oct 2006, 06:54

Dhamaka says:


21st Oct 2006, 08:10

Dhamaka says:

I can't be bothered to find the post that this actually refers to, but the thought that anyone would bother to waste their time sending this private email was amusing enough to share....

From: mrDecent (
/> Sent: 20 October 2007 12:38:44
To: me

"While throwing them [snails] as far as possible over the next-door neighbour's roof is an effective way of ridding myself of them while having fun and feeding the birds..."

You are clearly of low-intellect, prattish and cruel.


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21st Oct 2007, 09:45

Twiglet says:


21st Oct 2007, 09:48

Dhamaka says:

interesting, isn't it

21st Oct 2007, 09:54

Twiglet says:

I'm reluctant to comment in case the snail liberation front come after me....

21st Oct 2007, 10:06

Dhamaka says:

de-de -daaah

21st Oct 2007, 16:29