What do you think about snails? Ok so they like to take the odd nibble on our vegetable gardens and they are a little slimy, but for Jack they are truly fascinating; mesmerising even.
These little guys have come to stay with us this week. A round vase has made the perfect observation bowl for these snails. Have you ever seen the underside of a snail? The way they move, it’s fascinating. We have been able to watch the snails, see them emerge from their shells and then make their way up the bowl, watching their muscles move back and forth. I have to admit that I was quite captivated by them, too. I moved our nature table out of the way so we could have a closer look.
I know now how snails make light work of our veggies. They are ferocious eaters. Have you ever seen a snail eat? Funny, I never really thought about how snails eat before. On the underside of their heads they actually have these quite large mouths, and boy do they eat! Jack has been able to watch these snails munching away; he stood, silent, just watching. Completely engrossed.
Soon we will release them back into the yard, but for now they sit on top of the shelves in the playroom. And when we are not watching them, the bowl has an upturned colander on top to stop the snails exploring other areas of our house.
And all this from a few slimy little snails.