Land Snails of British Columbia

Land Snails of British Columbia

Royal BC Museum Handbook

Book - 2004
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Snails and slugs have a reputation as slimy, repulsive creatures that are nothing more than garden pests, but they are important components of the ecosystems they live in. In fact, most of the pest slugs and snails are introduced species that have come here with the plants we import for our gardens. Worldwide there are more species of snails and slugs than all the mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians combined, yet they are often overlooked because of their relatively small size. Land snails and slugs are well adapted to live in almost any kind of environment, from high arctic tundra to tropical forests. In British Columbia, they can be found just about everywhere. Land Snails of British Columbia describes all 92 species of terrestrial molluscs in our province. It includes photographs and detailed drawings of each, diagnostic keys and a selection of colour photographs to aid in identification. With each species description, the author discusses its natural history and distribution in the province. He also talks about reproduction, life history, diet, locomotion and shell structure (even slugs have shells). Nature buffs and anyone interested in looking past the bad reputation of these much-maligned creatures will find this handbook an enlightening guide. For gardeners, this book will tell you which snails to cast out of your garden and which ones to keep, because some snails and slugs are beneficial to gardens and some even prey on their pestilent relatives.

Publisher: Victoria : Royal BC Museum, c2004
ISBN: 9780772652188
077265218X
Branch Call Number: 594.3 FOR
Characteristics: iv, 188 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Royal British Columbia Museum
Alternative Title: Royal BC Museum handbook

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nerowolfgal
Oct 02, 2017

I love this book! I very much appreciate the scholarly way it is written, and the tremendous amount of work in cataloging animals that range down to one millimeter and spend a great deal of time hiding. The photos and drawings are first-rate. BUT what I love are the names given to the mollusks, and the quirky comments buried in the text. For example: "These slugs are aggressive carnivores, that in the word of Baker "will pursue an earthworm through its many subterranean burrows with a persistence that recalls that of the tiger." How could one not love the names: "Scarlet-Backed Taildropper" or the "Warty Jumping Slug" or the "Lambda Snaggletooth"? They sound more like the names of breeds of dragons than slugs three to four inches long. This book covers mostly the snails and slugs of BC, but many species range right across Canada. I took the book to Petrie Island and found quite a few species, and gained a new appreciation of the wildlife of Ottawa. My world has increased in complexity as I walk and wonder if tiger-slugs are relentlessly hunting worms under my feet.

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