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Old 04-25-2010, 01:04 PM   #1
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After a night of rain and and overcast morning, I began transplanting some seedling trees that I've found growing on my property. While going back to visit and water what I'd moved, I noticed this rock...at first I thought someone had scattered sunflower seeds or something, but at closer look I realized what it was.

Can you tell me what is happening in this picture?

(I wasn't sure if this was the right place to post, but they are not herps, birds, or aquatic animals, so no other forum seemed to fit.)
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Old 04-25-2010, 04:49 PM   #2
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Are those snails?

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Looks like it to me...
If they are land snails and the area flooded they probably crawled onto higher ground.
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Are those snails?

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Yup!

I guess it wasn't that hard, but it was strange to see so many in one spot--that is a first for me. I have seen a few individual "land snails" (garden snails?) in the yard, but they were bigger and only one or two together.

I had saved the photo as "snails congregating", but had to change it to post here, so as not to give it away. (again, not that difficult!)

Now, if anyone has any insight as to why they are doing it, that would be cool.
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Don't you think they needed to go to higher ground to prevent them from drowning?
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Don't you think they needed to go to higher ground to prevent them from drowning?
Kind of like worms coming out during the rain. That could be it. it is actually on fairly high ground, so no actuall flooding, but the ground could have been saturated.

They are all smaller than I remember, so it makes me wonder if they are fairly young.
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I too suspect that they were on the rock to avoid too much water. Many native land snails are tiny things, the non-native ones are often the bigger ones, although there are some natives that are bigger too.

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I too suspect that they were on the rock to avoid too much water. Many native land snails are tiny things, the non-native ones are often the bigger ones, although there are some natives that are bigger too.

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Thanks, I never encountered the land snails until I moved here. It was just an interesting event that I wanted to photograph and share here.
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It's nice that you did share that. Native snails are a little-known aspect of nature that should be better known.

Thanks for posting that photo!

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It's nice that you did share that. Native snails are a little-known aspect of nature that should be better known.

Thanks for posting that photo!

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No problem. It is nice that others appreciate it--of course, people from this forum are more likely to appreciate them.
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