Slime Shooting Snail

Check out an article here from NatGeo

Also, see the below video 🙂


Mystery Vertigo -Trip

Busy as always but I wanted to share with everyone that I have a trip planned to head to Washington Island, WI around July- August. I’m planning to see the island and hoping to find the Mystery Vertigo (Vertigo paradoxa) a rare terrestrial snail. I want to be able to stop at several places along the way, mainly in Door County as it is said to be home to that snail and many other types of terrestrial snails. If anyone knows of any must see place let me know 🙂

As far as collecting snails, that will depend greatly on the laws for that area and what type of snails I find. You would think that collecting something as small as a snail wouldn’t matter but many are protected. However, collecting snails that are protected can end in fines, confiscation and in some cases, you could face jail time. In addition to different snails being protected most state parks are strict about the collection of most things. See below:

The following is a statement of prohibited activity from the DNR for Rock Island Park: “Collecting of animals (other than legally harvested species), non-edible fungi, rocks, minerals, fossils, archaeological artifacts, soil, downed wood, or any other natural material, alive or dead. Collecting for scientific research requires a permit issued by the DNR.”

That is only one statement from their list of prohibited activities for Rock Island State Park. Each park seems to differ a bit but most have a similar list.

Once on the road, I plan to travel through Door County, take the car Ferry to Washington Island and then take an additional Ferry to Rock Island. That’s the plan at least but with most plans things always change. We shall see 🙂

Rock Island is a state park with hiking trails, a beach, light house and I’m sure other things. With Rock Island being a state park likely I will only be able to photograph the snails I locate there. The snail pictured below is the Mystery Vertigo (Vertigo paradoxa) which is one of the snails I will be looking for during my trip.

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Just a quick note: It is super important that before you plan to collect a snail you should you first check your state’s laws. Below is my quick check to ensure I am able to collect this snail if I find it on my travels.

If your in WI here is the Link: WI DNR

From checking the WI DNR link above the snail I’m interested in is not listed currently. I did find an old PDF online and it had the snail listed but it was listed as SC/N = no laws regulating use, possession, or harvesting;. See below…


Anyways that’s about it for my update. If anyone has been to Door County, Washington Island and/or Rock Island I would love to hear about it. I will be sure to share all about my trip when I go.

Snails Are Going Extinct: Here’s Why That Matters

I wanted to share an article with everyone that I found interesting and important.

This article is by John R. Platt written on August 10, 2016. I am copying and pasting it below as wordpress wasn’t in the sharing options. Here is the link also to the article:

Snails Are Going Extinct: Here’s Why That Matters

They may not be the most charismatic group of species, but we can learn a lot from the lowly snail



The endangered Powelliphanta augusta snail of New Zealand. Credit: Alan Liefting Wikimedia Public Domain

Ah, snails. They’re small. They’re slimy. They lack the charisma of a polar bear or a gorilla. And yet just like flora and fauna all over the world, they’re disappearing.

In Hawaii, a critically endangered snail called Achatinella fuscobasis has been brought into captivity to help learn how to keep them alive in the wild. In Alabama, conservation groups have petitioned to add the oblong rocksnail (Leptoxis compacta) to the Endangered Species List. In New Zealand, a snail known only as Rhytida oconnori has found itself constrained to a habitat just one square kilometer in size. On Fiji, scientists have expressed an “urgent need” to keep the island’s unique tree snails from going extinct. That fate may have already happened to three snail species in Malaysia after a mining company wiped out their only habitats, a series of limestone hills.

That’s just scratching the surface. By my count, nearly 140 scientific papers about endangered snails have been published so far this year.

All of which begs the question: why does the extinction of a snail matter?

Obviously the answer to that question depends on the exact species, but we can make generalizations. Many birds, fish and other species rely on snails as important parts of their diets. Most land snail species consume fungi and leaf litter, helping with decomposition, and many are carnivores, so they help keep other species in check.

Beyond that, there’s actually a lot that we can learn from snails. “From the most practical standpoint, snails have a few pretty interesting characteristics that tell us we should probably pay attention,” says snail researcher Rebecca Rundell, assistant professor at State University of New York. For one thing, their shells—which they carry with them their entire lives (because they’d die without them)—are made of calcium carbonate, which provides a record of their lives. Unlike plant husks or insect exoskeletons, these shells tend to persist after a snail has died, leaving behind a valuable tool for researchers. “We can look in marine sediment and pockets of soil for evidence of past ecological communities, and thus evidence for environmental change in a particular area,” she says.

Living snails can also serve as indicators when something is wrong with the environment, something we’re already seeing with ocean acidification. “If snails in the ocean that make their shells, their protection, exclusively from calcium carbonate are having trouble building them, then that means the ocean is in big trouble,” Rundell says.

They can provide similar clues on land, where land snails often have particularly narrow habitat requirements. “They need certain levels of moisture, shade, and decaying matter,” Rundell says. “When they don’t have this, they start dying off.” That’s just the start: if tiny land snails start to disappear, it’s important to ask what might happen next. “It might give you a chance to change course,” she says, “to detect subtle changes that humans might not otherwise be able to see until it is too late.”

Snails also help us to answer bigger questions. “The fact that many of these land snail species have small geographic ranges and that there are many species, make them fascinating subjects for learning about how life on Earth evolved,” Rundell says, adding that “scientists really rely on groups like Pacific island land snails to tell life’s story.”

That opportunity, however, is at risk. “We are losing snail species at an astronomical rate,” Rundell says, “one that is equivalent to, if not exceeding, the worldwide rate of loss of amphibians.” Most species have extremely limited ranges, making them, as she puts it, “particularly susceptible to human-induced extinction.”

Meanwhile, the number of people studying snails remains relatively small. “That means we are at a big disadvantage in not only documenting land snail diversity, particularly in the tropics, but also learning from it in terms of what snails have to tell us about how life on Earth evolved,” Rundell says.

Saving snails from extinction is no easy feat. For one thing, their habitats are just too easy to destroy. For another, we don’t even know what it would take to keep most snail species alive in captivity, a function of their narrow microhabitat requirements. “One snail species might be feeding on hundreds of species of fungi that are unique to that particular forest,” Rundell says. “It is very difficult to replicate these diets in the lab.” A handful of captive-breeding efforts have been successful, but Rundell says they are labor-intensive and hard to fund.

Rundell’s own work studying Pacific island snails has shown her what it would take to reverse this snail-extinction trend. “Ultimately what is most important for land snails is the human element: people working together to protect what is most unique, precious, and irreplaceable on these islands—native forest,” she says. “This involves documenting what is there using a combination of field work and the study of natural history museum specimens. It also involves learning lessons from the past unchecked development such as agriculture and later urbanization, particularly in lowland tropical forests, and figuring out how we can protect as many pieces left as possible.” This, she says, has the “added benefit of leaving parts of the watershed, storm protection, and forest food and medicinal resources intact for people to survive in these places.”

So why does snail extinction matter? Just like everything else, snails are an important piece of the puzzle that makes this planet function. They’re also a way to help us better understand how we got here—and maybe where we’re going.

Previously in Extinction Countdown:

Chocolate Banded Snails

The post arrived with an odd round container shape pressing out from inside of a letter size envelope. No return address. Upon opening the envelope I discovered a little taped up plastic container, with four small holes in the top. Carefully inspecting the container, turning it to the side, I could see what looked to be two shells, holes facing one another taped together. Yes, you read that right, the shells inside of the taped up container were taped together and inside those shells were what I hoped were live snails :/


I don’t know how I thought they would arrive but it wasn’t like this. I guess I had an idea of them crawling around freely in a moist container with some kind of vegetation to eat. The sight was a bit unsettling, however after a bit of contemplating this was likely the safest way for them to travel. So the shipper was likely not being some terrible person but was trying to protect them on the ride. I can’t really think of why someone would do this otherwise.

I quickly untapped them and to my surprise one was moving around inside his shell and actually starting to come out. I peeked into the other shell and I feared the worse as there was no movement and a solid black color. After a bit of warm running water, the first snail happily came out to see his new home. (Picture above)

As for the second snail, I held him for about an hour hoping that he just needed to get warmed up, placed him in a container with a heating pad under it. After about an hour of no movement :/, I started to get worried. I tried several times to mist him and gently run warm water over him. After about 3 hours, the continued use of the heating pad, warm water and several tempting food options the second snail fianlly made his appearance.

Radish seemed to be his favorite food item 🙂 If you follow the link you can see him eating and you can actually see the food pass through his head, really neat. Youtube Link -Chocolate Banded Snail

I will definitely take more videos and hopefully capture the eating a bit closer and clearer. But for now, they are safe and happy in their new home. 16908356_226764097728417_5457766589732487168_n

Basic Information:

Eobania vermiculata 

or the Chocolate Banded Snail

This species is a large land snail and it is commonly seen anywhere from Eastern Spain over to Crimea near the Black Sea.This snail also has non-indigenous populations in Belgium, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, the USA, Australia, Japan, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabi, and many other places. These snails can survive winters in negative temperatures, and can also adapt well to dryer conditions.


Password Protected H.Pomatia MI

Like my past post that disclosed location information I have password protected:


This is to attempt to reduce the misuse of this information.(Location specific documents included in the post.)

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I will not share your information or email for any reason.

Thank you,

The Snape

Bees Using H.Pomatia Shells?


Probably the bee highlight of the year The males of this species are among the first of the solitary bees to appear in the spring, with one exceptional record as early as late February. They are shortly followed by the distinctive females. Status (in Britain only) Classified as a Nationally Notable (Nb) species by Falk […]

via Osmia bicolor (fleam dyke) — In a Beekeepers Garden

A Snail in A Puddle

Beautiful watercolor painting by Charlie O’Shields (doodlewash) .

“After a rain, it’s common here to see snails sliding around in shallow puddles as drops of water continue to fall from the trees. They seem to come out of nowhere, most likely washed into that location, but then moving so slowly that it’s nearly impossible to see any movement at all.” –Charlie O’Shields (doodlewash) 

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In addition to this painting, Charlie has wide variety of other paintings including another great snail painting. 🙂


H.Pomatia PT9 Password Information


H.Pomatia  -PT9 LocationWisconsin H.Pomatia location disclosed,

Post contains: Wisconsin H.Pomatia location disclosed, the document is included.

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