Snail eradication (day 12).

It didn't end up raining yesterday (so I didn't get a chance to test my dedication to snailing by snailing in the rain). Today dawned cold and dewy.

Which meant I knew I was going to get some gastropod action.

And indeed, I did. There were slugs aplenty on the moist leaves and blades of grass. Owing to the cold (which my fingers don't especially care for), I lost a few of them that leapt back to the earthy depths, but a good many found their way to the Soapy Bucket of Merciful Deliverance (the same one I prepared yesterday, when the pickings were slim).

Today, there were a bunch of mid-sized snails out, too, many on the higher leaves of the plants they were on. I'm wondering whether this is temperature related (since on warmer dewy mornings I seem to find more snails at lower altitudes).

We'll have to start tracking altitudes to see if any stable trends emerge. (And yes, once there is a large enough body of data, we'll start looking at the trends and making graphs and all that good geeky stuff.)

Today's take: 249 slugs and snails (roughly 2/3 slugs and 1/3 snails) in 35 minutes.

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