Friday, June 12, 2009

Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator

by Sarah C. Campbell


It begins on a rainy spring day. A large bright photograph shows the wolfsnail slowly emerging from its shell, and the accompanying sentence describes the process. Photographs on the following pages show the wolfsnail slowly gliding along a hosta leaf, while one or two sentences explain that the wolfsnail is seeking a meal. The wolfsnail eats only meat, and the photographs and text describe how it follows the mucus trail of a snail until it finds its unsuspecting prey. It then uses the teeth on its tongue to pull the snail from its shell and eat it. Full from its feast, the wolfsnail then finds a cool spot to rest until, eventually, the process starts again.

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