Year 2 – June 8, 2013 Visitor

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Playing with Kiki and Kelly at the Quenippenon Meadows Park today and we encountered this snail.  There seems to be quite a few of this snail here in GTA.   I remember several weeks ago when we were at the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat – I also photographed a similar looking snail.  A little sleuthing in Bing eventually got me to the Wikipedia page of Grove Snail.

The grove snail or brown-lipped snail (Cepaea nemoralis) is a species of air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusc. It is one of the most common species of land snail in Europe.  Its native distribution is from northern and western Europe to central Europe. It is a good colonizer, and is often found in gardens, parks and abandoned land in cities. In eastern Europe it occurs in urban areas. More recently, the grove snail has been introduced to North America no doubt aided by human transport.

So here come the snails – colonizing north America with it’s amazing speed and agility.  They already painted their shell – next we know, they will be screaming “FREEDOM!!!”

Meanwhile, the North American Mourning Dove – a native species, perch alert guarding the Visitor sign, waiting for indication of trouble….

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2 thoughts on “Year 2 – June 8, 2013 Visitor

    • Thank you Colline. Surprisingly they are quite common in North America now – considering that they had to hitchhiked all the way Europe. It probably takes them a few generations to get here and a legend would have been told about the great migration 🙂

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