02 June 2012

Notes of a Cepaea watcher: a whole lotta eggs

One of the 2 Cepaea nemoralis I have been keeping since last winter dug a deep hole in the soil and deposited eggs in it a few days ago. Today I removed all of the eggs. There were so many that I couldn't get an accurate count; I estimate the total to be more than 70.

 
Here is the snail with an egg stuck to its foot.

About 15 of them got damaged during the recovery process. I don't quite know what to do with the rest. I am incubating them in a dish at the moment. I don't want to release them outdoors. I may end up using them in some experiments.