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Monday Again ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ‚

This morning I managed to be out of the house well before sunrise. During my walk, I captured the rising sun. I got my almost- but-not-quite-10-kilometers in. I started the day with energy, but right now as I write this, I feel down and tired. I’m lonely again now that Christopher is back at work, and PMS is getting to me, besides.

On my way back from my walk I picked up a Cuban snail. I no longer do this, as I have too many, but finding a Cuban snail in the middle of the sidewalk by the mall is incredibly rare. Cuban snails are not generally caught in perilous situations past sunrise. This guy was a bit retracted, I thought he might have recently passed, but I took him home all the same.

When I got home and rinsed him, an unusual amount of liquidy slime came out, extremely gross, and in such cases it means the snail is dead and the body has begun to liquify. But you never know with snails. Indeed, I put him in an isolation container with some kale, and a half hour later he’d come out and climbed to the top. I was amazed.

All the same, a snail that finds itself in this sort of tricky spot might be unwell –particularly considering the deep retraction. We will see if he recovers with TLC.

Today I released a couple more YCHs. I’ll release them on the blog as well, shortly. The month is quickly passing by and the funds are not fully raised, but I am trying my best.

Anyway, writing this as I have lunch…

It’s hard to find motivation today. I’m going to try to shower, finish my chores, and work on a pending freebie.

Kale Nyom ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฅฌ

I’ve been extremely determined not to be late to bed, at least for the last 3 or so days, but this guy managed to break my… two day streak? Oh well… I’d brushed my teeth by 10:30pm and did all my chores, then played Dungeon Keeper until I was supposed to go to bed, but as I was walking past the tank there he was, eating so charmingly.

So I had to pull out my phone and record his angelic rasping:

Only then I realized that I was late, but by then, it was what it was. Some things are of deep importance. I am a naturalist, so recording snail habits is very important. Also, adorable. Just look at him.

A Snailin’ Good Time ๐ŸŒ

Have I used this post title yet? Probably. I’m running out of snaily post titles. Anyway! As you can see above, my Roman and Cuban snails are now together. A big happy family! The activity of the Cuban snails seems to affect the Poms (Helix Pomatia/Roman snails). I see a lot of moving and eating, more than usual. My Poms tend to have a big feast for 24-48 hours after a fresh feed and then rest a while (with sporadic activity) but the Cubanitos are always moving around, and this seems to spur the Pom rout into doing the same.

Speaking of my Cuban snails, now that I have them where I can better enjoy them, they are little beauties…

I will admit though that they’re kinda nasty. They’re SO dang slimy. Far more than any other snail species I’ve kept. Water contact makes them slimier. They are also more… “aggressive”? Or defensive, I suppose. They do that shell-shake thing, and if a poor Pom happens to crawl across the shell of a Cuban snail, he gets swung around a bit (no harm done, but it is kinda funny).

Overall, everyone is getting along very well. Can’t have much conflict on two neurons and with plenty of food.

In the last photo, you can see a Pom engaged in daily grooming (snails rasp their shells to groom them, or rather to smoothen them, when they wake up. Generally, I can tell if a snail is unwell when it is not doing so.) The other Pom is having a drink. Watching a snail drink is one of my favorite things about keeping them.

Sometimes after having a drink, if there is enough water, they wade in and have a good long soak. You can tell they enjoy it and this is nice to observe, too.