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Published September 15th 2011
It's one of those miserable rainy days, you've spent all your allocated funds for this weekend already and you just don't want to be indoors. Why not go hunting for some snails? Read on if you too think snails are adorable.
If you're having trouble finding snails, try getting up early in the morning and look at patches of pavement around your place, but more frequently I find them near shrubbery. It's most effective in damp periods, so after or during the rain is a good idea. If it's been raining in the night, there are likely to be snails in the morning.
You can even find snails by following their tracks. Sometimes, you might accidentally find a slug. I don't like slugs as much as snails but because of their close biological relationship, I don't discriminate too much. It's just a little bit disappointing.
Just remember the key indicators for your snail hunting mission. It's quite safe to look for snails near green leafy foliage as that's what their diet comprises of, especially near plants like lettuce. Rainy or damp weather is extremely favourable, and the mornings or evenings are great times. I don't usually see many snails out and about in the daytime, but that might also have something to do with living in a busy city.
Snails are among the undervalued fauna in our environment. They're free to see and admire and I think they're extremely cute. I sometimes wonder whether they realise just how slowly they're moving, and ponder on the dilemma of whether they actually think they're moving quickly. Next time you're walking along and see one, perhaps stop and have a look.