Look at this HUGE snail I found among the lily leaves in our backyard! How strange! I have never seen one of these around the house before (unlike the massive numbers of other pests we have ravaging our gardens – like slugs!). After a quick internet search it turn out that what I found was just a common garden snail.
Three interesting facts about the common garden snail:
- Latin Name: Helix aspersa. They are closely related to Helix pomiata, the edible snail often eaten in France.
- The tongues of common snails are covered in horny teeth called a radula, and they eat by scraping it over their food (decaying vegetation, algae, fungi, lichen, and plant leaves).
- Common snails (like all land snails) are hermaphrodites, meaning they have both female and male reproductive organs, although they still need another snail in order to mate.
Anyway, David said I should have killed it, but I just can’t do that kind of thing, even if they terrorize my plants, and especially after it sat so prettily for me to photograph like a million times – you’d have though I’d found a rare specimen worthy of once-in-a-lifetime documentation the way I was snapping photo after photo. In the end I just left it alone to carry on eating in my lilies and was amazed to again realize how small things can bring such wonder.