Been on National Geographic but never on Time

If you are not squeamish, see it large!


Put a snail on your car bonnet; zip around at 100 kmph. Amazingly he can hold himself withstanding the tremendous windforce and crawl along too! Wanted to test it but could not. My wife did not want me to handle him too much and objected even to my placing him on my watch for this shot.


Large snails move about at a grand speed of 600 cms/hour while the fastest snail can clock 45 metres/ hour. They move alternating contractions and stretching of their bodies. They also secrete slime which helps reduce friction. It is said that slime is so thick and a snail can move on a razor without getting hurt.


Is this one a male or female? I don't know. Most snails have both male and female organs and produce both ova and sperms. Hermaphrodites as experts call them. However, snails do need to mate. They inseminate each other to fertilize their eggs.


They have a poor eyesight and no sense of hearing. They rely on smell and touch mainly.


Do you know the main difference between the snails and the slugs?



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  • Pandiyan V 10y

    Thanks merrick for the visit. That thought did not strike me! I must be slow :)
  • Gale Franey 9y

    Wonderful photograph!
  • Pandiyan V 9y

    Thanks Gale. I agree that caption is corny!
  • Anne de Haas PRO 9y

    whew, you really have to make a committment to look at one of your photos. Been sitting here for ten minutes, reading the description and then the comments, I'm worn out already and this is just the first one! I should have packed a lunch.. I knew it.. and not escargot.

    Anyway, fabulous shot, I love everything about it!
  • Pandiyan V 9y

    Thanks Anne for the visit. You know, with snails time stands still!
  • artphoto2005 9y

    I was attracted to this picture I am always ahead of time but never on national Geographic...I enjoy your commenteries...You would be a good person to have Tea or coffee with
  • Pandiyan V 9y

    I am always ahead of time
    You must be a man in control, Bert. I admire such people. It would be great to have a cup of tea with you. Thanks for the thought.
  • divya babu 9y

    eeeks! i would've run for my life, but you paused to take a pic!!
    i'd fave this for its photographic quality, but i'm terrified of this guy!
  • Pandiyan V 9y

    Thanks divya for your visit and comments. He is such a harmless guy. Really.
  • Shekar Lakshmipathi 9y

    Pandiyan, what camera and lens do you use? Can you email me?
  • ButterStones 9y

    wonderful shot. an and amazingly fresh n novel idea...
    not to say a great title to round it off...
  • Pandiyan V 9y

    Shekar, you have got mail.

    Thanks ButterStones. I appreciate it.
  • Sybilla Poortman 9y

    Stunning picture! Made me realise you must have a much better camera than I do... Oh and I loooove snails :-D
  • Pandiyan V 9y

    Thanks Sibi. Glad you liked it.
  • Dilip Muralidaran PRO 9y

    Wonderful Stuff.
  • Pandiyan V 9y

    Thanks Dilip.
  • Alexander Yates PRO 9y

    Congratulations! Did you know that this is the most interesting photo tagged with slime? Please consider posting it to The Most Interesting **Blank** Picture
  • Jess Keast 8y

    hi i am a admin from slow slugs, we are a new group and we would love to have your photo.
  • Abhishek Verma PRO 7y

    awesome!!! brilliant shot!! :)
  • Cats Five PRO 7y

    Time moves soooooo slowly sometimes, eh? =)
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