An African land snail - a macro study continues

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by Mol Smith UK

Last month, I wrote about Ben and his/her mate. They were both in hybernation for around 6 months and they are getting into their senior years. I was concerned about bringing them out of their long sleep. They do not wake up each year full of life. It's a gradual process. More akin to older people getting up and moving through the day.

If a picture can tell a thousand words, then reality, a video, and a bit of attention can do far more.

They need heat to wake up. and when they do wake, they will be hungry, thirsty, hoping for sun and vegetation, and alas, they live in a small glass enclosure in our kitchen: a totally different environment from what they expect. I think they will wake up and feel disappointed at what they encounter, so... I do my best.

In case you want to know more about these beautiful creatures....


Keeping them as pets

And this is what happened when I tried to wake them up....

I will try and track their progress this summer and let you know how they fare. Right now, they are not eating enough and seem half way between wanting to go back to sleep and / or re-exploring ther world. I must try to engage them more, I think.

Comment to the author Mol Smith are welcomed.


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