But, keeping in mind snails also feed birds and snakes and the occasional raccoon, I mostly leave them alone until and unless I see them in sufficient numbers to alarm. Given our ongoing run of droughty hot summers, this has not happened for quite a while.
Speaking of heat and drought, legend has it snails protected Buddha's head from the sun as he meditated during a particularly hot dry spell. Can you imagine the powers of concentration it would take to
This is not to say I am hosting any rare or new or previously undiscovered snails. This is to say I spent a lot longer than I intended online, searching out snail information and images. Most of what I found was centered around eradicating rather than identifying them. Understandable, but not helpful.
So for what it is worth, here goes my highly unscientific taking-a-wild-stab-at-what-they-are lineup of usual suspects. FIrst up? Several examples of some type of scrubsnails.
They are a lot more acrobatic than I imagined.
That smaller, slightly globose shelled snail to the top right side of the photo above, is a common brown garden snail (Cornu aspersum). They like verbena and penstemon among other flowering plants. The one on the far left? It could be a color variant of the common brown or it might be something else. Honestly it beats the heck out of me.
They feed on other snails as well as plants and I ran across a couple of sites that reported the mature snails break the tip off their shell purposefully.
Score another mystery for the snails.