Been on National Geographic but never on Time

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    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?

    algo, hs_yin, Monika N., and 25 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Pandiyan 101 months ago | reply

      Thanks merrick for the visit. That thought did not strike me! I must be slow :)

    2. Gale Franey 99 months ago | reply

      Wonderful photograph!

    3. Pandiyan 99 months ago | reply

      Thanks Gale. I agree that caption is corny!

    4. torontofotobug 99 months ago | reply

      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!

    5. Pandiyan 99 months ago | reply

      Thanks Anne for the visit. You know, with snails time stands still!

    6. artphoto2005 99 months ago | reply

      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

    7. Pandiyan 99 months ago | reply

      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.

    8. divya babu 97 months ago | reply

      eeeks! i would've run for my life, but you paused to take a pic!!
      great...err...catch?
      i'd fave this for its photographic quality, but i'm terrified of this guy!
      :))

    9. Pandiyan 97 months ago | reply

      Thanks divya for your visit and comments. He is such a harmless guy. Really.

    10. Shekar Lakshmipathi 96 months ago | reply

      Pandiyan, what camera and lens do you use? Can you email me?

    11. ButterStones [deleted] 96 months ago | reply

      wonderful shot. an and amazingly fresh n novel idea...
      not to say a great title to round it off...
      bravo

    12. Pandiyan 96 months ago | reply

      Shekar, you have got mail.

      Thanks ButterStones. I appreciate it.

    13. Sibi 93 months ago | reply

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

    14. Pandiyan 93 months ago | reply

      Thanks Sibi. Glad you liked it.

    15. Pandiyan 93 months ago | reply

      Thanks Dilip.

    16. Alexander Yates 93 months ago | reply

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

    17. jesskeast 85 months ago | reply

      hi i am a admin from slow slugs, we are a new group and we would love to have your photo.
      www.flickr.com/groups/389092@N22/

    18. a.b.h.i... 74 months ago | reply

      awesome!!! brilliant shot!! :)

    19. CatsFive 74 months ago | reply

      Time moves soooooo slowly sometimes, eh? =)

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