Hairy Snail ?

I found this juevenile snail today. It is teeny-weeny small. But the startling thing I discovered about it when I got the photos on the PC was that the shell had fine hairs on it. Apparently this helps it stick to the leaves when feeding. Double-click image for a closer look.

Juvenille Snail

© Peter Hillman ♦ 3rd April 2020 ♦ Rear garden, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

21 thoughts on “Hairy Snail ?

  1. Either that, or it hasn’t been able to get to its hair-dresser during the current unpleasantness! (Honestly–I’ve never seen anything like this. Neat capture, Pete.)

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    • Thank you, Linda 🙂 It was one of those .. you got to be kidding me (I think that was from John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ … moments when I first saw them.


  2. I think you’re right about the purpose of the little structures. Did you touch or prod them with something? It looks like they might be rather more stiff extensions of the shell material than softer and hairlike. Or maybe it was chilly and that’s the molluscan equivalent of goose bumps?

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    • lol 🙂 There are a couple of species of hairy snails over here, apparently. Eve otherr species, the juveniles can be hairy. It’s a new one on me.


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