11 Oct 2010
in Cantareus apertus, Growth, Information & details, My slimies, Photos
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A lucky encounter with a juvenile Cantareus apertus, also known as the green snail. Native of the Mediterranean and North Africa, these snails spend most of their life underground, but emerge after rain. Subadults like this one have a yellowish-green shell and body, which will darken with time: as adults they are almost black fleshed and have uniformely brown shells.
In spite of their small size (about 2,5-3 cm in diameter), these snails are highly prized for culinary purposes, especially in southern Italian peninsula of Salento, where they are known as municeddhi, municedde or moniceddi. (They are said to be far superior to other edible snails, even Helix pomatia)
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02 Oct 2010
in Breeding, Cornu aspersum, My slimies, Photos
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Adult Cornu aspersum, carrying one of its newborns
More pictures of the hatchlings.