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love at first sight!

love at first sight!
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Copyright: Ersin UYANIK (eruyanik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 658 W: 23 N: 1216] (5046)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-13
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Canon Powershot A610
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-17 5:41
Viewed: 4431
Points: 18
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This lady should be fell in love with me! It is called "love at first sight!" Look at it's glance to me! Such an impressed looking :-)Yeah, this is a funny picture to me! She had a expression on its face as if she said i'm confused.

i know that slugs have not to beautiful looking for the people. Someone can say that they are nauseous . But i like them really! They are so interesting species! I wonder that what they feed on, how they mate etc.

Some facts, questions and answers about snails...

Characteristics of Snails

The scientific name for the garden snail is Helix aspersa. It is a gastropod which in latin means, gastro for stomach and pod for foot or just "a belly footed animal". The body of the snail is long, moist and slimy. It has a shell to protect its soft body. The snail retreats into its shell and seals the entrance in dry weather to protect its body from drying up. A snail is most active at night and on cloudy days. It does not like the sunshine very much. During very cold weather or winter, it hibernates in the ground. Snails do not like hot and dry conditions. They like it moist or humid and not too bright.

Snails can live up to 5 to 10 years. Some have been known to live up to 15 years.

What and how does a snail eat ?

A snail have something called a radula in its mouth for grinding up its food. This radula is like a rough tongue, something like a file with rows of tiny teeth which it uses to scrap off leaves and flowers to eat. Many people get upset and farmers get angry when snails eat their plants and crops. Snails can cause serious damage to crops. Snails eat mostly living plants as well as decaying plants. They also chew on fruits and young succulent plant barks.

Male or female ?

The snail is both male and female. Therefore, it can produce sperms and eggs at the same time ! However, to fertilize the eggs, the snails need to exchange sperms with each other.

Life History of the snail

Snails spend many hours courting before they mate. They twist themselves around each other and cover themselves in frothy slime. After mating, each snail will go search for a soft ground to dig and lay its eggs. The snail lay its eggs in a nest, 2.5 to 4 cm deep in the soil. Each snail can lay an average of 85 eggs and they hatch in 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the temperature and moisture of the soil. The eggs are concealed with a mixture of soil and mucus. They are then covered with excrement. Low temperatures of less than 12C and low humidity inhibits laying eggs. Snails lay eggs most often during the warm and damp weather. It can be as often as once a month or every 6 weeks. Their most active months are from February to October.

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-17 6:04]

Hi Ersin,
This is a lovely shot!
colors are superb, so are details.
BG and POV just great!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-17 6:11]

Hi Ersin,
She loves you yeah yeah yeah :-) She does have a very strange expression on her face, having eyes on stalks doesn't help I suppose. A good shot, excellent detail and colours and flash is again very good. I think the vegetation in the foreground is a little bit distracting but a minor nit. An interesting note too, nice post.

You mean those round things on stems are its EYES, Ersin??
This creature looks like a weird species mutating quietly in a science fiction movie!
A superb image in terms of sharpness of focus, colours and details, but where are its LEGS???

I wish I had taken this one for my "mutual curiosity" series :)
You got it very nicely, it looks huge!
Nice textures, colours and details, a nice and funny one!

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-06-17 9:39]

Hi Ersin,
Lovely, original shot, quite distinct from the usual run of shots. Technically excellent.
Well seen and captured

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-06-17 12:03]

Hi Ersin, I LOVE this picture ! The expression on the snail's face is amazing, so funny. He (or she) seems to be really looking straight in your eyes, or rather in your camera. Details, textures, colors, exposure, composition, POV... everything is perfect on this shot. Very very well done !

Hi Ersin,
I would say snails are disgusting ;-) I think these are one of my least favourite creatures.
But they are interesting and look good on pictures... if you only manage to have their eyes in focus! ;-) I know that's not easy, but you did it well.
Good job!

Excellent eye contact! ;)
Very nice Ersin, great shot..

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-06-23 1:37]

Hi Ersin,
Excellent Snail capture my friend.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,colors,details,note,framing and lighting.Eline Saglik.TFS:)

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