I interrupt your regularly scheduled Saturday to bring you this fascinating nature update. You may recall me mentioning, several weeks ago, that we have a unique classroom pet: a snail that I discovered when I repotted some houseplants this summer.
Well, I was looking for him today when I came across the tiniest little baby snail I have ever seen (the adult snail is on the right):
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I know absolutely nothing about snails. I never tried to identify the one that was in our plant; we’d just check on it every once in awhile, always fascinated to see it crawling about, or toss a piece of cat food in there and watch it eat. However, when we saw what could only be a baby snail that we’re 99.9% sure had never been in there before, I went online.
Turns out our snail is a Xolotrema denotatum, commonly called a velvet wedge snail. These land snails have two sets of reproductive organs — both male and female and, while reproduction typically occurs between two snails of the same species, it is possible for the snail to reproduce itself!
Our snail had a baby, y’all! Isn’t that fascinating?? Or, am I just a weird homeschool mom. (That’s really a rhetorical question…you don’t have to answer it.) I may get my flashlight out later and see if I can find any snail eggs in the soil around my peace lily. One baby snail is interesting — a whole litter might be more than I want in my potted houseplant.
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.