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.