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Snail and Slug Eggs

Snails and slugs are very similar, except for a slug’s lack of a shell.  Both are hermaphroditic, possessing male and female reproductive organs.  In some species an individual may behave as a male for a while, then as a female. In a few species, self-fertilization occurs. Some species mate and lay eggs in the spring, some in the fall. Most snails and slugs that hatch in the spring can begin egg laying in the fall. The eggs of both snails and slugs are tiny, white or cream-colored, round and laid in roughly one-inch diameter clusters of 30 or so eggs. Look for these clusters under rotting logs, where they are protected from drying out as well as from freezing.  (Remember to place the log back exactly as you found it.)

6 responses

  1. Thank you for all your posts I do enjoy them and try to share them with others

    October 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    • Thank you so much. I am gratified that you like my posts enough to share them, and appreciate your doing so. Mary

      October 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

  2. Sarah Frankel

    Wow! So neat! I found eggs like these last year and never realized they were slug/snail eggs. I continually learn so many fun tid-bits to share with my students : )

    October 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm

  3. Brooke Schnabel

    I want to thank you for your wonderful, wonderful site. Our family looks forward to it every day. I find that reading it is like a brief meditation on beauty. Again thank you!

    Brooke

    October 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    • Those are the nicest words anyone has ever written about my blog, Brooke. Thank you very much. Mary

      October 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm

  4. Rita St Germain

    the eggs are beautiful and a little icky at the same time!

    October 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

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