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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 12:22pm (May 28th 2016)
     
    I woke Ben up three weeks ago He had been asleep for approx eight months
      Ben.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 12:24pm (May 28th 2016)
     
    I dont handle him until I am happy that he has totally rehydrated himself thats roughly two weeks
      Ben 1.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 12:25pm (May 28th 2016) edited
     
    This was after his first bath under the tap and he really enjoyed it
      Ben 2.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 12:26pm (May 28th 2016)
     
    He is eating really well and is nice and weighty
      ben3.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 12:27pm (May 28th 2016)
     
    Thanks to G/N for taking pictures for me
      ben4.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 12:50pm (May 28th 2016)
     
    I meant to tell you that he is six years old now xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 1:18pm (May 28th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Wow, 8 months?! He is a BEAUTY though, he's huuuuge! What a sweetheart :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 5:57pm (May 28th 2016)
     
    8 months asleep? I thought that was only teenagers slept like that... :D He's a beauty, NN...you don't have 2?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 5:06pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     
    Ha ha He has always had a long sleep ever since he was a weeny snail. I am always amazes that he has made it through safe and sound. Yes CC I did have two sadly Bill died last year He woke up fine and ate for about a week then went back into his shell and died.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 9:31pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     
    How did you know Ben was asleep and not dead? Can you see him breathing?!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2016 3:22pm (Jul 19th 2016)
     
    No they have a big seal over the opening to the shell Kate. This hadnt deteriorated and there was no foul smell so the chances were he had made it safe and sound xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2016 7:35pm (Jul 19th 2016)
     
    I didn't know they did that! Hope he's having a nice summer before his next big sleep. xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2016 11:23am (Jul 21st 2016)
     
    He has added another inch to his shell and is loving this heat, Will get more pics soon he is due another bath xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2017 3:24pm (Jun 19th 2017) edited
     
    I forgot to tell you that Ben woke up last Month he had been asleep since middle of October last year. He is in fine health and eating well and is the only one I know who is enjoying this heat. He had his house totally cleaned out and a nice bath this afternoon. I took the first picture and thanks G?N for the second one just to show you he is about two handful's now xx
      ben.jpg
      benn.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2017 3:27pm (Jun 19th 2017)
     
    He's humungous! What a handsome chap. Will you get him a girlfriend?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2017 3:36pm (Jun 19th 2017)
     
    Hi CC nice to see you here. No he is used to being by himself now it must be two years since Bill died, Also He has almost out grown his vivarium so it would be to overcrowded for another.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2017 6:21pm (Jun 19th 2017)
     
    My goodness...Ben is huge..how big will he get or has he reached his final size?:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2017 12:17am (Jun 21st 2017)
     
    I had completely forgotten you had him NN! He's lovely and SO big!! How old is he now?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2017 5:19pm (Jul 3rd 2017)
     
    I think I remember him from years ago. What an awesome guy.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 9th, 2017 8:10pm (Jul 9th 2017)
     
    I am not sure how old Ben is now I think round about six. I havent a clue as to how old they can get to either and yes he is still growing. He can get through loads of food if its warm enough. He seems to have a real thing about cos lettuce at the moment. His most favourite food is the male flowers from the courgette/zucchini and pumpkin plants.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2017 7:36pm (Jul 10th 2017)
     
    I used to love cos lettuce - don't see it around anymore though. Do you grow your own?

    How do you know the flowers are male?!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 16th, 2017 6:52pm (Jul 16th 2017)
     
    most supermarkets do cos lettuce I quite like the little cos hearts. The round iceburgh lettuce doesnt seem to have as much flavour. The male flowers are just a flower on a stalk but the female ones have a small fruit at the back of the flower xxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2017 7:32pm (Jul 17th 2017)
     
    I need to change supermarket-mine don't seem to have it. Never knew that about flowers but then my gardening knowledge would fit on the head of a pin!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2017 8:23pm (Jul 17th 2017)
     
    No worries Kate I will get pictures when I get both flowers I only am getting male ones at the moment. Keeps Ben happy so I can not complain
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2017 1:23pm (Aug 2nd 2017)
     
    I did post pictures they are in my July garden just in case some one didnt see them and thinks I forgot as I am often prone to doing !!.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2017 1:23pm (Aug 2nd 2017)
     
    Can Ben come out to play?
      snail.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2017 5:28pm (Aug 2nd 2017)
     
    He's definitely looking at you!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2017 2:11pm (Aug 3rd 2017)
     
    I think Ben would be about sixty times the size of that one CC. Looks like I need to clean my kitchen window though
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 4th, 2017 8:57pm (Aug 4th 2017)
     
    Maybe Ben is calling all the local snails in so that they can slowly take over the world!! I love watching a snail on a piece of glass - fascinating to see how they move.