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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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Philip, are you asking me if it's false, or telling me? :twisted: Either way, you're IT. :thumbs_up: (Those rivers only flow properly about once every fifty to a hundred years.)

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Some snail shells coil clockwise and some coil anti-clockwise. True or False and why?

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TRUE. Different snail species seem to have different spiralling coils, although within a population most show similar coiling. The reason comes down to mating as opposite coils cannot get their genitalia together. Also, predators who have developed more teeth on one side of their mouth (such as certain snakes), are more successful killing snails with one type of coil as opposed to the other.

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In theory, snails can come in two enantiomorphs: either dextral (coiling clockwise) or sinistral (coiling counter-clockwise). In snail species where both forms are actually present, coiling direction is determined by a single gene with delayed maternal inheritance; there is no predictable relationship between a snail's own coiling genotype and its actual coiling direction. Because of this genetic decoupling, it might be expected that dextral and sinistral individuals would be exact mirror images of one another. However, indications exist that there is a subtle but detectable shape difference between dextral and sinistral individuals that derive from the same gene pool.

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Now Philip which type of snail do they serve woth garlic and butter :hmz:

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Now Philip which type of snail do they serve woth garlic and butter :hmz:

French ones? :hmz:

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Now must they speak french to qualify or be born there?

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Which species ? : Helix aspersa aspersa, the Petit-Gris, (about 10g) or Helix aspersa maxima, the Gros-Gris, (about 20g). for more details



Cycle : (in north hemisphere)

- from March to October in countries with a cold winter and a not too hot and dry summer, as mine, in the North of France.

- from September to May in countries with a wet and cool winter and a very hot and dry summer, as some Mediterranean regions.



Feeding: it’s better to feed snails with a dry meal, rather than a green fodder. It’s more efficacious and hygienic. This is my formula :

calcium carbonate 30%, calcium phosphate 4%, soya meal 20%, sunflower seeds 5%, wheat flour 40%, and vitamin mix 1%; whole is finely ground. With 2 kg ( about 4 lb.) of this food, I product 1 kg (2 lb.) of snails. 7 kg of lettuce would be necessary for the same result !



Reproduction : breeding snails are put in cages at a density of 200 Petit-Gris or 100 Gros-Gris per m² (i.e. about 4 lb. per square meter), with food and water ad lib., and some pots which are filled with a good soil. Ideally, these boxes are placed in a room which is kept at 20° Celsius (68° F), with a relative humidity of 95%, and a long photoperiod (16L / 8D). But we can also simply use a greenhouse. Snails are hermaphrodites but they have to mate before laying some days later.

When a snail has laid, the pot is placed into an incubator at 20° C and covered. Three weeks later, about 100 new hatched snails appear under the lid.

Usually, we can expect a yield of 70 young snails per breeder for 2 months.



Nursery : cages with well moistened soil are stocked with less than 2500 young snails per m², in the same "climatic conditions" than breeders. 3 to 4 weeks later, these young snails are brought outdoor.



Outdoor pens : I advise to stock them with no more than 300 Petit-Gris or 150 Gros-Gris per square meter, in order to have a really good growing. We have to protect them against rodents and shrews, for example with a grid in the ground. With a mosquito net as lid we both protect snails against birds and prevent escaping

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Ok that did not inform me about anything except how to care for them. I don't want a pet snail called Pietie... I want one wrapped in a buttery layer of garlic...

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garlic and snot works well says Gordan Ramsey 8)

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Ag nee sies man!
I have seen people eating snot in various ways and in NO way does it look appetising!!!!!!

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:D Hi Heksie and Cheetah2111. :wink: Only the ones roaming in the gardens. :oops:

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Now what are we talking about? :hmz:
Snot or snails????? Can both be french? Who's garden?

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Now Philip which type of snail do they serve woth garlic and butter :hmz:


Heksie, depends which way the butter twirls. :tongue:

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