Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Up the Garden Path


Let me pose a question, can slugs* hop?


The slug trail on our path today

can snails hop

So I take a look on the Internet for hopping slugs, and I find  there are slugs that are artistic as well as athletic (and some beautiful ceramics too).


*Or maybe it was a snail, we’ve plenty of both.

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

9 thoughts on “Up the Garden Path

  1. I have never seen anything like that before.

  2. A hopping slug, or snail, you say?
    How utterly unique!
    It really is an admirable,
    astonishing technique!
    Perhaps someone is teasing us
    by playing prankish tricks,
    But I suggest the gastropods
    Are using pogo sticks ??

  3. I shall see slug trails in a new way from now on. Thinking about it, they often look like that, but I’ve never thought about it before now.

  4. Are you sure that it was a slug or nail. Mind you if it wasn’t I dread to think just what did make that trail. xx

  5. According to the internet, if it’s interrupted like that it’s a snail trail. And they can’t hop but they can lope http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23493509

  6. You have remarkably gifted snails – or slugs, depending – loping about up hills and down dales. Mine are much more . . . sluggish, favoring a leisurely trip across the road during a gentle rain. Sadly, they generally fail to consider the prevalence of contractors’ trucks in the spring, and are squished.

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