To my mind, there are two great ways to spend rainy days with kids: tucked away indoors with an excess of books and quilts, or navigating the drippy wilderness looking for foul-weather creatures. My family’s wilderness happens to be an urban landscape, but if one looks closely, there’s still a wealth of wildlife to be found. Specifically, a wealth of snails.
Call me a tomboy. Call me a geek. Call me Ishmael, I don’t care. Just don’t call me squeamish. I took my five-year-old and my iPhone on an epic snail hunt this weekend, and I do mean epic; I made over fifty short videos of the snails and other creepy creatures we encountered during our walk! After some judicious editing, I was able to piece the best clips together into a brief video montage of our sticking, slipping, skittering finds.
The following video includes a few facts about snails, instructions for a simple snail terrarium, and some very exciting close-up footage of a snail eating and sliming its way up the glass – you can see the muscles in its foot rippling as it goes!