Snails live a solitary life, it seems; isolated homesteads rather than row houses or suburban villas.  I collected thirteen this morning and arranged them in a group, but within half an hour they had dispersed, not one was still in sight.

snail 1I suppose when it’s raining they don’t have to worry about drying out.  They really stretch out, as if they are rain bathing.  I think I see my reflection on the shiny shell.



This is an unusual slug, not from Milan.  At first I thought it was a small adder.


I found an 18″-long adder (45 cm)  in the garden the other day.  I had taken it up to the rocks where they live before I thought to take a picture.