Dozens of empty snail shells

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Date Photo Taken: 08/16/2012
Location: Roswell, GA
Posted By: JohnK

Notes:

These empty 1/4 to 1/2 inch snail shells are in a 2 foot by 3 foot area on the steps of my front deck, below a dogwood tree if that is a clue. I’m fairly confident this is not a “burial ground” where snails crawl away to die. How did they get there?

COMMENTS

  1. DAVID FUNDERBURK Unregistered says:

    I don’t have a clue! Never seen anything like it.

    August 16th, 2012 at 11:36 am
  2. Kirk Unregistered says:

    It’s probably a chipmunk or two having some snacks.

    August 16th, 2012 at 2:26 pm
  3. DAVID FUNDERBURK Unregistered says:

    After pondering this and doing a little searching, I agree with Shannon. I’d go for birds perching in the tree above the steps and dropping the shells. I read one report that song thrushes have been known to do this.

    August 16th, 2012 at 5:07 pm
  4. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    One expert says it could be critters in the tree above this spot eating and discarding snails. Some birds eat snails.

    August 17th, 2012 at 8:55 am
  5. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Interesting. I’ve seen snail shells with a hole punched through the center swirl of the shell that I assumed would be cause by birds. These look whole-vacated-move out of-evicted-forclosed. Odd. Then I found this quote,”Snails will come out of their shells to mate. All land snails produce both male and female sex cells, but they cannot self-fertilize, and so need a mating partner. Most land snails perform some sort of courtship ritual lasting anywhere from one to 12 hours before any actual mating occurs, and will remain outside of their shells for this entire process.” Have you looked beneath the deck?
    For more info on why snails leave shells and party beneath the deck see this link http://www.ehow.com/about_6599004_do-snails-come-out-shells_.html

    August 17th, 2012 at 9:22 am
  6. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    JohnK

    How about taking some more pix and doing another post featuring them. See this also
    http://molluscs.at/gastropoda/terrestrial.html?/gastropoda/terrestrial/enemies.html

    August 18th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

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