Wordless Wednesday: Gastropod In The Garden

Decollate Snail (Rumina decollata)

14 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Gastropod In The Garden

  1. Actually that particular snail (decollate) is one of the good guys – a snail that hunts other snails. You’ll note the tip end of the shell is broken? That is commonplace and so far I haven’t read anywhere what that means or why it happens. A snail that helps rid you of other snails and a mystery to boot! Some days the garden fun never ends.


    • Now that’s interesting! And it sent me off to do that research! According to Wikipedia: “The shell of the decollate snail is long and roughly cone-shaped. It grows to approximately 40 mm in length, and upon reaching mature size, grinds or chips off the end of its own shell by moving its body roughly against hard surfaces, so that the shell takes on a decollate shape, tapering to a blunt end.” On the other hand another source, from the University of California, just mentions that as it grows the tip becomes brittle and eventually just breaks off. Maybe it gives the snail more room? Thanks for identifying the snail. It is nice to have something good in the garden to get rid of the bad! I’ll try to keep him happy.


  2. I know snails are just slugs with a house on their back, but this guy is beautiful, and I thank you for sharing him with us! My grandchildren love snails, collect them, build castles for them, let them crawl up their arms~ they would be tickled to see one like this in the yard! 🙂


  3. Lovely shot, last year was a bad year for slugs and snails as it was a mild winter, there were hundreds on a night in the garden, so many it was a little creepy..! had to resort to putting a few slug pellets down, as there was not going to be any plants left to flower for the bees and other insects. Made sure I removed the mess in the morning so birds ect would not eat them.
    I like the look of your snail and it seems to be a good guy for the garden..
    Amanda xx


    • Eeww! Invasion of the Body-Snatching Snails? That does sound creepy. We’ve never had that many, I’m glad to say! I do agree about removing the bait and the slugs, though. I do the same thing with red ant bait, which I hate to put out in the first place but sometimes have to. When I put it on the anthills I cover everything up with branches, etc. to keep the birds away, then rake it around and into the soil later on.


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