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Old 07-28-2010, 11:16 PM   #11
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Shell loss in mollusk evolution, Shell loss in mollusc evolution, "Gastropods are the only molluscs to have successfully colonised the land, and their ability to withdraw into protective, waterproof shells undoubtedly played a part in this achievement. However, the construction of a thick shell requires calcium, and this vital element is often scarce in terrestrial ecosystems. Land snails therefore have very thin shells by comparison with their marine relatives. The total shell loss that is seen in terrestrial slugs may be an adaptation to cope with a lack of calcium, and there is evidence that the original distribution of slugs was confined to low-calcium environments. Slugs are largely restricted to humid environments, too, since without shells they are extremely vulnerable to dehydration, in spite of water-conserving adaptations such as nocturnal behaviour and a remarkable physiological ability to tolerate desiccation. Slugs do, nonetheless, have several major advantages over snails: in the absence of shells, not only do they economise on calcium, but they can crawl into tighter spaces, burrow more easily in search of prey, and distend their bodies to swallow large meals." Check out what they say about why marine gastropods "lost" their shells.... pretty wild.
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:54 PM   #12
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It surprises me to see slugs about in broad daylight, I had to take its picture.
Did you notice the color of the mushroom is mirrored in the tail end of the slug?

I've always liked that color.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:58 PM   #13
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I see it now that you mention it. Some of the walls here used to painted about like that.
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Old 08-12-2010, 12:13 PM   #14
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I see it now that you mention it. Some of the walls here used to painted about like that.
"Used to be"...I'm guessing it is not your taste. ~smile~

I am thinking about painting the living room something in that range...not too dark. I did a cougar painting many years ago and would love to hang it in here with that color pulling out the color in the painting. ...But, there are other rooms that need painted much more than this room.
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I'd love to see your cougar...
Photo? Please. whiny whiny beg beg........ You can enter it here....Odds and ends
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:35 PM   #16
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I'd love to see your cougar...
Photo? Please. whiny whiny beg beg........ You can enter it here....Odds and ends
Begging really doesn't become you, havalotta--especially a whiny, whiny beg! ~wink~

You could have just asked. I'm happy to oblige and if you check back there ( http://www.wildlifegardeners.org/forum/garden-art-decor-crafts/2061-odds-ends.html) you will find a copy of my cougar painting...and a long story, too.
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:26 AM   #17
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I just had to work that cute little beggar guy in some where.
Guess I don't get any cheese with my wine then but I DO see a cougar! A VERY NICE cougar! Thank you for putting him in!
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I just had to work that cute little beggar guy in some where.
Guess I don't get any cheese with my wine then but I DO see a cougar! A VERY NICE cougar! Thank you for putting him in!
Glad i could oblige--both giving you a reason to use the beggar guy and uploading the cougar. THank you for you kind remarks.
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I meant to reply about the color and got lost in my computer trying to find pictures of some drawings from years ago, but I liked the colors fine, I picked them out! I had to buck for any color besides white around here, but those battles seem to have been won.

Our slugs in the east are boring compared to what they have in the Northwest! Bright colors, leopard spotted patterns, etc. Mine are brown and browner, but it's been so very dry this year there just aren't too many.
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I meant to reply about the color and got lost in my computer trying to find pictures of some drawings from years ago, but I liked the colors fine, I picked them out! I had to buck for any color besides white around here, but those battles seem to have been won.

Our slugs in the east are boring compared to what they have in the Northwest! Bright colors, leopard spotted patterns, etc. Mine are brown and browner, but it's been so very dry this year there just aren't too many.

I'm glad you won the battle against white! If you find your drawings post them! I wouldn't normally think of the color of a slug for wall color--but the mushroom and sunlit tail end of the slug did speak to me!
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