Homing Snails

August 4 | 1 Comment

In my youth and middle age years I loved to break free and roam the neighborhood.

This, as one may suspect, caused my parents great fear. In their mind, what was to keep me from darting out in front of a car, or of getting lost and not finding my way home again?

Let me take this opportunity to break down my parents’ unfounded fears.

In all honesty, the chance of me getting hit by a vehicle was slim to none.

Three reasons why: 1) I loved life too much, 2) It would be painful, and 3) There was no assurance it would get the job done. With my luck, I’d end up alive, and drinking my dinner through a straw the rest of my life.

Sorry, not taking that chance.

As to getting lost and not finding my way home? C’mon, I’m a dog not a toddler.

The main reason is that I pee on every possible landmark I see on my excursions. Not only does this make the neighborhood smell nice, but it acts as my yellow brick road home. Just because I don’t come running to my parents as they canvas the neighborhood for me, doesn’t mean I’m lost. It just means I’m ignoring them.

I wonder if snails think the same thing about their owners. Why do I mention this? Just read today’s story.

The 69-year-old, who’s also a writer and keen amateur scientist, has been battling the slimy creatures for years and has spent hundreds of pounds keeping them at bay.

However, she’s been fighting them humanely, without putting down slug pellets, which she believes is bad for the soil and visiting wildlife, such as birds and squirrels.

One of the methods she’s been deploying in her Totnes, Devon, home is to physically remove the snails and put them on nearby wasteland.

Despite this, Mrs Brooks still has a snail problem – and now she’s begun an experiment to see if they are simply returning back to her garden.

She’s hoping to solve the mystery once and for all with the help of Dr Dave Hodgson, a bioscience expert from the University of Exeter.Ms Brooks said: ‘I’ve always wanted to know whether the snails that decimate my plants just come back when I move them, and if they do, what is their homing distance? How far away would I have to move them so they won’t come back?

May I suggest moving them onto a dinner plate?


One Response to “Homing Snails”

  1. GMR on August 4th, 2010 4:09 pm

    LOL.  Yeah…that is one way of making sure they never return.  ^_^

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