On Tuesday I took my walk after a heavy morning shower. On a section of the pathway beside the creek I saw snail after snail. There must have been 10 or more! I bet I know why they were out there.
In case you can’t read the fancy font:
The downpour drumbeats on the whorls of rooftop
irresistible call to a rain dance sock hop
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- The trail of mucous a snail leaves behind is a lubricant to reduce friction against the surfaces over which it travels. Snail mucous won’t make you sick.
- A snail moves about 50 yards per hour or 1.3 cm. per second—slowly but steadily.
- Snails can see and sense sound vibrations. Upper tentacles are the eyes, the lower ones pick up vibrations.
- Snails are hermaphrodites, that is, they have both male and female parts. But they must mate with another snail to reproduce (lay eggs).
- A snail’s lifespan (dependent on habitat and species) varies from 5 to even 25 years.
- Snails are usually nocturnal and if they’re out during the day, don’t like bright sunshine (which is probably why they were out dancing on our cloudy Tuesday morning).
This post is part of Poetry Friday, hosted this week by the effervescent Catherine at Catherine Johnson.