Thursday, March 19, 2009

Monterey Ensatina

I've been going on nocturnal snail and slug raids in the garden. Raising vegetables and ornamentals is too much work to let those slimy thieves munch off the best parts at their leisure under cover of darkness. So I don my headlamp and flashlight and spend a half an hour pulling them off my leaves and fruits, and dispatching them swiftly, with a crunch or a slice. A few nights a week keeps their population under control, and still leaves plenty left over for the likes of this fellow:
His (her?) name is Monterey Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii from the family PLETHODONTIDAE). It has no lungs and breathes through it's skin. I was amazed to learn that some of these live up to 14-16 years of age.

Kinda cute, huh?


Jeannette said...

That's a "Sally" in my genealogicalzoolophraseolgy. Oh boy, I hope the comment moderator will approve of that word.

Mark said...

Do you mean "Sally" or some other word?