Stay Together, You Kids!

Don’t go crawling off in every direction! Phoebe, don’t lick that, it might be salty! Hannah, stop sliming your sister, I’ve got my eye on you! And I’ve got my other eye on you, Margot — get back up here this instant! (OK, not exactly instant, but soon.)

Karen H. says: “Found these teeny munching ponies in a dalia plant in the garden. Some are so small they are translucent!”



  1. truly cute!

  2. Awwwwwwwwwww Ewwwwwwwwwww Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

  3. Margot the (potential) escargot? Nice.

  4. Margot Escargot…hilarious

  5. Bay-bee snails!! Bay-bee snails!!

    Wow. This is a first for me. Thank you, Karen! 😀

  6. If they were in my garden, they wouldn’t be there for long.

  7. Ewwwwww – they are cute but I don’t think I would touch them.

  8. Actually, most land snails are hermaphrodites, so they can’t have sisters or brothers – only siblings. So Hannah would really be Hannah/Henry, Phoebe Phoebe/Peter, and Margot Margot/Michael .

  9. Shell count! Everyone sound off!

  10. Eeeek! Looks just like what I found in my spinach salad last week!

  11. Reminds me of my aunt who had 8 kids, you could not have a normal phone conversation with her, every second phrase out of her mouth was like that mama snail. Linda get you brother off the washing machine! Diane stop poking Claudette!
    Brian don’t eat that! 😆

  12. praise be to the lowly snail. They have a VERY IMPORTANT job to do, in the scheme of things. (ecologically speaking; darling little decomposers of the planet’s biosystem). I don’t kill them, just encourage them to live elsewhere, such as cabbage leaves near the compost pile.

  13. Erm, these little snailios are very tiny and cute and make me go Awwwww, but I would NOT want to find them in my spinach salad! Then I would say, Ewwwwww!

  14. Buddy system! I told you all to use the buddy system!

  15. Great job, NTMTOM!

  16. thelibrarianne says:

    That’s adorable, and hilarious, NTMTOM. The hovertext!

  17. Fird Birfle says:


  18. Snails are only cute in pictures. If I ever saw them in real life I would pretty much freak out. They also crawl much faster than you think o_o

    But I digress. These are tiny little cuties 🙂

  19. Fird Birfle says:

    *places Nerdy Schoolmarmish spectacles down nose*
    *peers at assembled students, across top of spectacles*

    Once when me’ ma’ wanted One of Us Dang Kids but didn’t stop to think through, WHICH one it was (“Steve” or “Sue”) that she needed, she was at the back door and ended up hollering (use “Old Broad” voice here) “STUE”!!!!!!

    — Famous Thomas Family Tales,

    Jacksonville Fla Division.

  20. Fird Birfle says:

    I DO enjoy the swirly design on their shells !!!

  21. Enquiring minds want to know. ..Who answered? Steve or Sue?

  22. reminds me of this photo I took a couple of summers ago – soooooo tiny!

  23. Aw, I didn’t know baby snails were so cute!! Random quasi-relevant anecdote for you: When my brother was probably about 3 years old, my mom was working in her garden while he was playing around the yard. He runs up to her, so excited, and yells “Piece jelly!”. He holds out his hand, which has a SLUG in it, and prompty tries to eat this antenna-ed “piece of jelly”, while my mom freaks out and stops him. 🙂

  24. Those are adorables!

  25. So why is it when they have shells they are “cute” snails but when they are without shell they are gross slugs? Or is a scientific person going to tell me they are not the same? We only get the slugs around here.

  26. SUCH a fantastic post NTMTOM! Hilarious. And these little snalios are adorable. I’ve never seen a whole brood before! Cute cute cute.

  27. How does a baby snail come to be? Does it hatch from an egg, or have a larval stage, or what? Enquiring minds are not interested in work right now; they’d rather hear from the CO scientific contingent.

  28. Judging from Wikipedia, they’re related, but not all slugs are even in the same family, much less the same family as snails. (They share the kingdom, phylum, class, and order).

    Some of the sea slugs (apparently nudibranch are NOT sea slugs, but related) are kind of cool looking: check

  29. Fird Birfle says:

    A MOST excellent question, Gigi!!!
    Evidently Los Hermanos
    [and sisters — but I can remember the Espanol for “brothers” but cannot recall the word for “sisters 🙂 ] Tomas were not Enquiring Minds, b/c none of us evair asked that detail. If Mamacita still retains the answer, I’ll letcha know.
    (Mamacita esta 81 ahora, y her 82nd Bday is in this next 30 days, so …….?????)

    Thanks for playing “Thomases R Us”, Gigi!!!
    (I really will ask her 🙂 )

  30. Fird Birfle says:

    YIKES 😯

  31. Fird Birfle says:

  32. Fird Birfle says:

    Would this fall under the skillset of The Bug Man??? Prolly not.
    Hmmmm….. “I wonder, wonder, who ….”
    [“b’doo…. WHO??? Who wrote the book on” Snails….]

  33. How I exactly felt.

  34. For Fird Birfle, Las Hermanas are your sisters.

  35. @FB: Was there supposed to be more than the 7 second intro: “The More You Know”? I thought there would be an informational video on slugs/snails.

    Oh, and @Brandi: “nudibranch” SNORT! Sea slugs are cool. Snails are cool. The slugs in my yard, not so much.

  36. A great thought, Evie. And in addition — they are quite beautiful. Just another illustration of the concept that everything has it own beauty, for the person who is able see it, which to me seems a worthy goal to aspire to.

  37. A fun slime fact: If you see a solid slime trail glinting in the sun, it was made by a slug. If the line is dotted, a snail was there! Apparently they move like little inch-worms under their shell.

  38. Eggs. Then teeny eeny perfect miniature snails. Both parents get preggers and lay eggs in a big clutch together, so if it’s in a protected place, like a cozy flowerpot, you can have hundreds hatch out in a day.

    For a new perspective on snails in all their wonderment, read The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, by Elizabeth Tova Bailey. Delightful!

  39. Quoted in Bailey’s book, from “The Biology of Terrestrial Molluscs” by Tony Cook:

    “The right thing to do is nothing, the place to do it is in a place of concealment, and the time to do it is as often as possible.”

  40. We get big fat slugs here (not sure what kind of slugs they are) and I think they’re cute! I always get excited when I spot one. Maybe I’m weird!

  41. LOVE THIS! TOO MUCH!! Makes the world seem like a better place if only for a few moments of snail bliss…..

  42. Yay for fun slime facts!!! 🙂 I always see the solid ones.

  43. Tiny little round eggs! (I have a snail colony at work. Really I’m in love with all invertebrates, not just the bugs.)

  44. Fird Birfle says:

    Muchos Gracias, ^oo^ !!! 🙂

  45. Fird Birfle says:

    wow!! who knew, that there are fun slime facts???


  46. Fird Birfle says:

    @ Jane:
    per Request:

  47. Snails vs. slugs … what the shell is the difference??

    But seriously, this brings back fond memories, as I used to have a giant “snail jar” that started with one big-ish snail, and ended up with an arduous weekly cleaning once I noticed pin-sized babies in there. (Think toothpicks, rubber gloves and sludge!) I have photos JUST LIKE THIS, though my snails were not so … opalescent? Pretty. I’m jealous.

  48. Fird Birfle says:

    (PS: the opening of this video features a ….CU***BER!!!!!)

  49. mindadale says:

    Hermanas. Or, just hermanos includes boys and girls…….I think.

  50. mindadale says:


  51. In Vermont we had bright orange slugs! I mean, they were a really great sort of luminous apricot colour with purple innards showing through. They seemed to enter the house by osmosis, too. Never a slug knocking politely on the door, just…you’d stumble into the bathroom for an early morning pee and there’d be a slug oozing around like s/he owned the place. Kind of spooky.
    Back to snail eggs, do they emerge with a teensy shell, or does the shell develop later? Too lazy to look it up when I can just appeal to CO’s collective genius.

  52. Oh and thanks for the book rec (wild snail eating). I just put it on my library list, but I’ll have to wait because someone else has it out now. It’s nice to know there’s enough interest in snails that I’m on the waiting list.

  53. 😯

  54. Victor/Victoria

  55. What a difference a shell makes! Slugs make me wanna barf, but I loove snalios. What the heck, nature? Why you gotta make mobile snot goobers without shells? Clearly you understand the rules of cuteness…

  56. Is this applicable only to molluscs or does chocolate count?

  57. victoreia says:

    Correct on both counts.

    It’s been a while since High School Spanish

  58. victoreia says:

    Which proves little kids will eat anything at least once. 😯

  59. They’re so tiny and cute…(but still kinda gross)

  60. They’re not so cute when you find them EATING YOUR BABY CARROTS! 😦

  61. Fird Birfle says:

    I di-unt know that Theresa was shock-able!!!

  62. Kari Callin says:

    Good thing she has 360 degree mobilized eyeballs:

    “Hey Mom, look at me!”
    “No me!”
    “Hey mommy, lookit what I can do!”
    “What’s over here, Mom?”
    “Mom, tell him to get off me!”

  63. Really! That’s so great! And enjoy … I’ve been wanting to start a snailarium ever since reading this little volume. (And release them back into the “wild” eventually, too.)

  64. Yes, maybe you are….. (j/k) :0

  65. Alice Shortcake says:

    My dad also encouraged the snails in his garden to live elsewhere – he flicked them into the waste ground next door with a spoon!

  66. Was going to say that too! Snails don’t have a gender or rather have both genders.

  67. Yes, tiny little white-ish/transparent eggs that the adult snail lays on the ground or digs into. They then form into tiiiiiiiiny sort of transparent snails and grow and change colour. I once took wanted to take some snail eggs from my aunt’s garden home all the way to where my family was living at the time, but my mum didn’t allow it… I was not happy!

  68. Mary (the first) says:

    They’re very beautiful, aren’t they? Who knew?!?

  69. Hhhaaa!! Weird a little maybe! When I find them in my garden I too like to have a look at them. Especially the bright orange ones and their little hole in the back. Then I actively encourage them to leave my garden! I don’t kill them, I put them in the next door part of the terrain where nobody lives. Of course they come back, but I just keep putting them on the terrain. It’s not like there are millions of them.

  70. i am the youngest of seven. sounds perfectly normal to me 🙂

  71. I put them into the compost bin, on the basis that they will be happy. i have had some very odd critters emerging from time to time, usually with no colouring, or white with swirly green spots.

    Can anybody tell me if I’m doing wrong putting them into the compost bin?


    …sorry [deep breath] …

  73. Yes, DEFINITELY you are. 😉

  74. LOL mobile snot goobers…

  75. Do tell! 😛

  76. HAW!

  77. Or calling younger siblings by older siblings’ names? 🙂 My mom called my 7-year-old niece by my name the other day. Made us both go Aroo?

  78. One thing that CO has done for me is to help me see the cute in non-traditionally-cute animals. 🙂

  79. Yeah, it just takes one “hermano” to turn “las hermanas” into “los hermanos.”

  80. Kind of like how hair is beautiful and soft and sensual and luxurious and pettable when it’s part of a group attached to a loved one’s head, but if just ONE gets free and gets in the soup, it instantly becomes the most disgusting thing in the universe? 😀

  81. Have you ever seen slugs mate? It’s actually really pretty. They hang upside down and twirl around each other. Youtube it.

  82. starlinguk says:

    My mum used to rattle off all our names, sometimes including pets.

  83. starlinguk says:

    Mind you, I can’t talk, I just called my cat by my son’s name.

  84. starlinguk says:

    Mr Gilbreth, is that you?

  85. starlinguk says:

    Slugs can climb up your drainpipe.

  86. Fird Birfle says:

    YAY for bright snails!!

    So cool, katie!

  87. SoccerSue says:

    Exactly. And is it weird that finding cat hair in my food isn’t such a big deal but finding human hair (even my own) makes me gag?

  88. I still shudder. As kids, we were camping out in the backyard, running around, it must have fallen out of a tree or something, never really figured it out, I certainly was not rolling around on the ground… [shudder again]

  89. snicker at your spelling of cu***ber…

  90. Our parents had two daughters, but my mother always managed to call us by the wrong name. Whoever was closest usually answered. I later discovered I was the same way with my cats. It must be a “mother” thing.

  91. That has to be the first line of a song.

  92. Um, no.

  93. 1. I don’t know that much about snails. So could it be that the kids could, literally, you know, stick together, with some snail slime stuff? Or does snail slime have the opposite (think WD40) property?

    2. Ask me about my very creepy encounter with sneaky GIANT SNAILS on the south coast of Victoria, Australia. 😯

  94. skippymom says:

    Now that you point it out, that does seem weird, but it’s so true. I have no problem knowing I’m consuming cat hair every day, but if i realize a hair of mine is in my food I freak out.

  95. Starlinguk, I’m 42 and my poor dad still rattles off all of our names when he calls me, even my brothers’! And now there are 10 grandchildren, too. Fugettabodit!

  96. The commercials for the new sitcom “Two Broke Girls” bug me to no end because both of the girls in question are portrayed wearing waitress uniforms and long, flowing, loose hair. Everywhere I ever waited tables made us put our hair up or pull it back if it was long.

  97. skippymom says:

    Theresa, would you please tell us about your very creepy encounter with sneaky GIANT SNAILS on the south coast of Victoria, Australia?

  98. Karla Borecky says:

    It’s funny, isn’t it, that slugs are kind of yucky but put a shell on them, and their cuteness goes up! Maybe it’s because a snailio has much less – un – slimy body showing.

  99. You’ve been to Australia? I’m jealous, I am.

  100. skippymom says:

    She’s been everywhere. I got over the jealousy a long time ago.

  101. Karla Borecky says:

    Good for you! I’m trying to work on being less hypocritical that way. I accidentally stepped (well, ran over) a slug in my bare feet once… It’s a little hard to forget that experience. Ew. And now I would also feel bad about squishing him. Sigh.

  102. Karla Borecky says:

    A friend of ours who was a very big animal person (of all types) used to throw slugs out of his garden into another part of the yard. When we said, they’re just going to come back, he replied, I figure if they go to all that trouble and effort to make it back, they deserve to be here. I said, it’s not like they have anything else to DO all day! 🙂

  103. and hairnets when I worked in the cafeteria during college. Can you say, Oh so attractive?

  104. skippymom says:

    By the way, why are they referred to as “ponies”?

  105. OMG PONIES??!!?!1

  106. Christiners says:

    I know, right? Sorry, these little guys are the enemy of all gardeners. I would stomp them. NOT cute.

  107. well, look at it this way: some people can’t look at rats, bunnies, and mice the way other people can, so this is just one of those “next!” moments on cuteoverload.

    although stomping on a snail is revolting. i would fling it over the fence and hope it didn’t get flung back.

  108. [shudder]

  109. Fird Birfle says:

    skippymom: you are SO cooperative, ma’am !!!!

  110. skippymom says:

    Of course I am. But it seems she was just teasing us.

  111. Nothing like a slow day going into the weekend.

  112. Ditto. I think Microsmos documentary has it.

  113. Snail-pr0n pusher!

  114. LisaLassie says:

    That’s why many authors recommend always planting 10% more than you need for various critters to eat. Plus patrol your garden as often ast possible, including night, to hand pick unwanted diners and take them away to let them go. Personally, I find both snails and slugs very cute.

  115. Fird Birfle says:

    perhaps ’tis simply a Time Warp, and she’s off at the moment,
    attending an Opera.

    “Film at Elebenty”.

  116. Thank you for the information. Too cool. Really!! 🙂

  117. Escargettes.

  118. “giggle”

  119. I keep getting my daughter and my sister’s name mixed up. Probably, because my daughter is exactly like my sister. Freaky? I could tell you tales!

  120. When my kids were younger, I had them 95% convinced that Mom’s actually do have eyes in the back of our heads. I never thought of “360 degree mobilized eyeballs”. Now THAT would be as usefull as an extra hand. Espesh on road trips 😉

  121. And when they come back, they slime up to him and say “What the hell was that about?”

  122. OK. Years ago. I’m with my BF of the moment, who happened to be an Aussie, and grew up around there, but never paid much attention to wildlife. We got a book about local critters, and read for the first time about the Giant Otway Black Snail which was huge — and carnivorous– and for some reason, we thought this was hilarious, and every so often we would say something like “Make sure you check around for the Giant Otway Black Snail, hahaha” and “Thank God, there are no Giant Otway Black Snails around, hehehe.”

    So one evening, we’re sitting in a kid’s playground on the beach, watching the sun set, and hey, there’s a BIG HONKING snail. Biggest snail we’ve ever seen. Ew, interesting, OK. We watch sunset some more . . . and suddenly there are a few more of the suckers . . . OK . .. back to sunset . . . and wait, oh, hey, the FRICKIN’ JUNGLE GYM is crawling with the carnivorous Giant Otway Black Snail.

    I mean, imagine this scene, except with GIANT SNAILS:

  123. I think snails are very cute, its the goggle wobbly eyes that do it, i had a pet giant African land snail once it used to climb the walls of my bedroom and leave a trail lol x

  124. Snalio Iglesias has grown up, settled down, and had kids.

  125. isn’t there a way to squeeze in “and they got in their little ‘S’ car and went?”

  126. LOL!

  127. awwww… that’s nice.

  128. … i don’t feel so good … *blurp*

  129. LOL! awesome!

  130. we had bright yellow slugs in northern california. i actually sort of miss them now 😦 Banana Slugs!

  131. what is it about fridays around here?

  132. By the way, aren’t all ponies “munching” ponies?

  133. Mad-Eye Moody’s eye would be handy….

  134. Fird Birfle says:

    *obligatory dumb answer*
    They arrive after Thursdays and before Saturdays???

  135. LOOK AT THAT ESSS– aw, never mind.

  136. But they would come back under their own steam . . . later . . .

  137. Stephen Colbert, youngest of 11, reports same phenomenon.

  138. Queen of Dork says:

    Oh my gosh! My mom used to do that when she was flustered. She would call out everyone’s name before she said the correct name to the correct person. Even the cat was included. So for instance, trying to address my sister she would say something like: Dang it! (dang it was the best my mom could do as far as cussing goes) “StephanieCremora(darn)I mean, LESLIE!”

  139. Maybe we’re all just a little punch-drunk by the time Friday rolls over us?

  140. I keep hearing “We Hear Family” when I look (and squeal) at this pic.

  141. I haven’t. Will Youtube that for sure!! #oddstuff

  142. WOW!! I have the exact same ‘problem’!! A short cat hair in my food is bearable, but a human hair (mine or someone else’s) – puuuuuuuuke! I won’t finish that dish!

    And yes, all those cooking shows and flowing hair – criminel! Thinking of Nigella Lawson. Love her show, but I’m constantly watching that hair…….