End of Aestivation

Took this shot of a snail while out on Tuesday. This snail is still in “aestivation” the state of dormancy snails here use to outlast the heat. Slugs and snails are not ones to appreciate a really hot summer, so they skip the whole thing, sealing themselves into their shell with a thick mucuous membrane.

It seems strange to me that they survive, given that it can be over 45 degrees in the sun. This snail was on a road verge, stuck up on its stem of grass with nothing to ward off sun or wind; a shell inhabited by a little wet mollusc, it is incredible that it can last through the hot months.

Change, however, is on the way. The prediction for the next few days has temperatures down in the low 20s and even… believe it or not… the possibility of rain.

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Grass Hopper

Born near the sea on the east side, grew near the sea on the west side; more than 10 years down here in the south … but I’m hopping about in the mountains. Madly in love with the Natural world!

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