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fawwna asked:

I know the topic of taking snails in from the wild has been covered, but please, have a friendly reminder that taking snails from the wild is not okay. Unless their survival depends on it, humans shouldn't take animals from their natural habitats to keep as pets. While animals bred into captivity can't be released and we have a responsibility to look after them properly, taking a snail out of a garden is morally wrong, when they live perfectly fine without human interference. :(

snailkeeping:

Unlike mammals and reptiles, snails can be reintroduced to the wild. You can keep a snail for a month then put them back where you found them, with no problems whatsoever. Snails are very simple creatures with simple lives, so unlike say, a hedgehog, they don’t need to learn to forage, avoid predators or to avoid human contact.

If something touches a snail, it shoots back into its shell. Their lives are spent smelling out food, crawling to said food, eating it, then returning to their usual patch via their homing instinct. Rinse and repeat for a few years, or a few months, depending on how long they survive for.

While I do understand your concern completely and I entirely oppose taking animals out of the wild that shouldn’t be touched because someone had a stupid idea and wanted that jumpy thing with stripes in their back garden surrounded by a cheap fence. I only support removing wild animals that as a whole benefit from responsible breeding in captivity.

All of my aspersas came out of my garden, and a few from other gardens. Around here, people value their plants. I personally grow lettuce and herbs, and I’m going to be planting a variety of vegetables soon, and all the copper strips and wood chippings in the world won’t stop a snail eyeing your radishes and devouring them. My neighbor absolutely hates snails, they probably eat all his precious flowers and get in his fish pond.

For a lot of people, the solution to seeing a snail is ‘kill it before it eats my flowerbed’. Since that is what snails tend to do. I removed all the large aspersas from my garden, and now the only residents are very small species of slugs and a species of snail that prefers dead material.

The aspersas are getting a giant outdoor tank that will replicate their natural environment as much as possible (they’re currently eating lettuce and dog biscuits in the kitchen) and my lettuce patch won’t be torn to pieces in less than three days.

Overall, from my long term experience with snails of different kinds, I think I can safely say all my snails are happy. They’re warm, comfortable, well fed on organic vegetables and gross dog biscuits (says a lot when even the cat won’t eat them) and there’s nothing around to try and eat them. They even get a bath occasionally.

Human interference in the wild has done impossible amounts of damage to the planet, but your average garden snail is one of the species that isn’t hurt by hobbyists. Fortunately since a native snail species can simply be dumped back outside, it also means people who decide they don’t like the idea after all can well, dump the snail outside. Problem solved, snail carries on with their life.

H. pomatia are a sort of ‘garden snail’, but they’ve been damaged by poaching rather than odd hobbyists who like to breed snails and coo over the tiny babies. There’s money in selling pomatias to fancy restaurants, so people go into the chalk land, stuff as many as they can in a bag and get paid for it. So now it’s illegal to touch them, and I do not under any circumstances support ANYONE touching a wild endangered snail. Don’t care what your plans are, leave it there and find something else.

I think I can sum this up with yes, I do understand your concerns entirely, I honestly do. But a snail that adapts well to life in captivity, is content in captivity, (eats well, socializes, doesn’t show signs of distress, is active, settles well into their home and shows a homing instinct), is perfectly fine. Snails are very simple invertebrates, and as long as the conditions around them are suitable, they will carry on with their lives like nothing happened.

That makes them sound very dull, but they’re just little gastropods running on very little brainpower. After all, they don’t need any. Eat, sleep, mate, repeat.

Both keeping snails in captivity and in the wild have their good points and their bad points, but as long as the snails are happy, I think it’s generally fine. Given the choice, a lot of snails would probably immediately choose the constant supply of fresh food and a radiator, but not all snails do.

Some snails are fine in a large plastic box full of damp soil with a log to climb on, a dog biscuit and some lettuce leaves and a carrot, some snails would die within a week in that environment because they need much more specialized care or simply don’t adapt. Some animals don’t take to captivity at all.

Dang I just came upstairs to semi-cheat on a Morrowind quest and I wrote a shitload. I think this all pretty much sums up my view on it though. My snails are happy, and if they’re happy, I’m happy.

unfriendlybambi:

f-emasculata:

REALLY just wanna take this chance to remind the people who follow me to not kill/trap opossums if they’re in your yard, and do not call animal control! Seriously.
Opossums are literally 100% BIOLOGICALLY INCAPABLE of carrying rabies. Their body temperature is too cool to incubate it properly.
Opossums are actually quite gentle and NOCTURNAL, so if they’re roaming, they’ve probably gotten lost, been injured, and are looking for a place to hide.
Young opossums tend to try to climb into garbage cans when they’re starving. This is because THEY ARE LITERALLY STARVING. Don’t fucking shoot them or hit them with things because you wanna be some fucking macho top-of-the-food-chain cocksucker.
Mama possums are amazing mothers and if you encounter an “aggressive” opossum, it’s probably because she’s got babies hanging off her nipple and she’s freaking out. They’re clumsy. Sometimes they don’t hear you coming and  you catch each other off guard.
Wanna lure an opossum off of your property? You can set up a box with some greens and cat kibble in it, hide it well, and lure them out that way. They’re actually quite harmless and keep other predators away. they eat lotsa gross stuff.
Opossum mamas who get hit by cars often still have their helpless babies attached to them. Possums get a bad rep and people say they are “the dumbest animal”, but they are incredible creatures who have been around since the days of fucking dinosaurs so treat them well, okay?

Aww!!!


I used to have a pet opossum. His name was Opey- yeah it’s a dumb name but I was a kid.
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unfriendlybambi:

f-emasculata:

REALLY just wanna take this chance to remind the people who follow me to not kill/trap opossums if they’re in your yard, and do not call animal control! Seriously.
Opossums are literally 100% BIOLOGICALLY INCAPABLE of carrying rabies. Their body temperature is too cool to incubate it properly.
Opossums are actually quite gentle and NOCTURNAL, so if they’re roaming, they’ve probably gotten lost, been injured, and are looking for a place to hide.
Young opossums tend to try to climb into garbage cans when they’re starving. This is because THEY ARE LITERALLY STARVING. Don’t fucking shoot them or hit them with things because you wanna be some fucking macho top-of-the-food-chain cocksucker.
Mama possums are amazing mothers and if you encounter an “aggressive” opossum, it’s probably because she’s got babies hanging off her nipple and she’s freaking out. They’re clumsy. Sometimes they don’t hear you coming and  you catch each other off guard.
Wanna lure an opossum off of your property? You can set up a box with some greens and cat kibble in it, hide it well, and lure them out that way. They’re actually quite harmless and keep other predators away. they eat lotsa gross stuff.
Opossum mamas who get hit by cars often still have their helpless babies attached to them. Possums get a bad rep and people say they are “the dumbest animal”, but they are incredible creatures who have been around since the days of fucking dinosaurs so treat them well, okay?

Aww!!!


I used to have a pet opossum. His name was Opey- yeah it’s a dumb name but I was a kid.
Zoom Info
unfriendlybambi:

f-emasculata:

REALLY just wanna take this chance to remind the people who follow me to not kill/trap opossums if they’re in your yard, and do not call animal control! Seriously.
Opossums are literally 100% BIOLOGICALLY INCAPABLE of carrying rabies. Their body temperature is too cool to incubate it properly.
Opossums are actually quite gentle and NOCTURNAL, so if they’re roaming, they’ve probably gotten lost, been injured, and are looking for a place to hide.
Young opossums tend to try to climb into garbage cans when they’re starving. This is because THEY ARE LITERALLY STARVING. Don’t fucking shoot them or hit them with things because you wanna be some fucking macho top-of-the-food-chain cocksucker.
Mama possums are amazing mothers and if you encounter an “aggressive” opossum, it’s probably because she’s got babies hanging off her nipple and she’s freaking out. They’re clumsy. Sometimes they don’t hear you coming and  you catch each other off guard.
Wanna lure an opossum off of your property? You can set up a box with some greens and cat kibble in it, hide it well, and lure them out that way. They’re actually quite harmless and keep other predators away. they eat lotsa gross stuff.
Opossum mamas who get hit by cars often still have their helpless babies attached to them. Possums get a bad rep and people say they are “the dumbest animal”, but they are incredible creatures who have been around since the days of fucking dinosaurs so treat them well, okay?

Aww!!!


I used to have a pet opossum. His name was Opey- yeah it’s a dumb name but I was a kid.
Zoom Info
unfriendlybambi:

f-emasculata:

REALLY just wanna take this chance to remind the people who follow me to not kill/trap opossums if they’re in your yard, and do not call animal control! Seriously.
Opossums are literally 100% BIOLOGICALLY INCAPABLE of carrying rabies. Their body temperature is too cool to incubate it properly.
Opossums are actually quite gentle and NOCTURNAL, so if they’re roaming, they’ve probably gotten lost, been injured, and are looking for a place to hide.
Young opossums tend to try to climb into garbage cans when they’re starving. This is because THEY ARE LITERALLY STARVING. Don’t fucking shoot them or hit them with things because you wanna be some fucking macho top-of-the-food-chain cocksucker.
Mama possums are amazing mothers and if you encounter an “aggressive” opossum, it’s probably because she’s got babies hanging off her nipple and she’s freaking out. They’re clumsy. Sometimes they don’t hear you coming and  you catch each other off guard.
Wanna lure an opossum off of your property? You can set up a box with some greens and cat kibble in it, hide it well, and lure them out that way. They’re actually quite harmless and keep other predators away. they eat lotsa gross stuff.
Opossum mamas who get hit by cars often still have their helpless babies attached to them. Possums get a bad rep and people say they are “the dumbest animal”, but they are incredible creatures who have been around since the days of fucking dinosaurs so treat them well, okay?

Aww!!!


I used to have a pet opossum. His name was Opey- yeah it’s a dumb name but I was a kid.
Zoom Info

unfriendlybambi:

f-emasculata:

REALLY just wanna take this chance to remind the people who follow me to not kill/trap opossums if they’re in your yard, and do not call animal control! Seriously.

  1. Opossums are literally 100% BIOLOGICALLY INCAPABLE of carrying rabies. Their body temperature is too cool to incubate it properly.
  2. Opossums are actually quite gentle and NOCTURNAL, so if they’re roaming, they’ve probably gotten lost, been injured, and are looking for a place to hide.
  3. Young opossums tend to try to climb into garbage cans when they’re starving. This is because THEY ARE LITERALLY STARVING. Don’t fucking shoot them or hit them with things because you wanna be some fucking macho top-of-the-food-chain cocksucker.
  4. Mama possums are amazing mothers and if you encounter an “aggressive” opossum, it’s probably because she’s got babies hanging off her nipple and she’s freaking out. They’re clumsy. Sometimes they don’t hear you coming and  you catch each other off guard.
  5. Wanna lure an opossum off of your property? You can set up a box with some greens and cat kibble in it, hide it well, and lure them out that way. They’re actually quite harmless and keep other predators away. they eat lotsa gross stuff.
  6. Opossum mamas who get hit by cars often still have their helpless babies attached to them. Possums get a bad rep and people say they are “the dumbest animal”, but they are incredible creatures who have been around since the days of fucking dinosaurs so treat them well, okay?

Aww!!!

I used to have a pet opossum. His name was Opey- yeah it’s a dumb name but I was a kid.

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