I am new here and I would really appreciate your help on something.
So,a few weeks ago a found a small snail/slug? on my window and it had a small shell attached to it. I slowly pulled it to put it somewhere safer so it would survive-, and unfortunately after a while-when I went back to check- the shell was gone. I felt really bad and I took it in the house, so it would not get eaten by a bird or something. I have bought several natural shells for it to maybe choose another one, and although it explores some of them, it never stays or dwell in them permanently.
At the moment it lives inside a food container and I regularly feed it. However, my main purpuse would be to finally set it free back to the world but I am afraid it will not survive without a shell.
Does anyone have any advice on this? I wanted attach a picture below for you to see the little snail/slug, but I don't know how. Can someone also help me with this?
Thank you for your time and I appreciate any help you can provide.
Post by morningcoffee on Mar 14, 2018 12:40:28 GMT
Are you sure it's the same creature and you didn't just find a slug in the same area as the snail was?
Snail shells generally don't just "come off" from a one-off movement without extreme force, and snails cannot survive without their shells because they require it to respirate (it is part of their body and they can't "move into" another shell). If a snail loses its shell, it doesn't look like a slug with a smooth body - the internal organs of the snail will be fully visible on top of the body. It would look something like this:
You can attach a picture by uploading it somewhere like Imgur and then posting the link here.
Thank you so much for your answer...! No, it definitely did not look like that, thanks for the information.
It looks more like a mix between these two pictures-I found on the internet-.
If that happened though, it would be an incredible coincidence as it was very small..the same size as the snail.
So,do you think it's safe to set it free? And when would be a good time to do that? When it rains-for example?
Definitely sounds like you've got a little slug then! The snail is probably still around somewhere Yes, it's perfectly fine to set it free. Just set it down somewhere with a bit of cover (plants, bushes etc) on a rainy evening.