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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2018 8:26pm (May 22nd 2018)
     
    What's the life expectancy for them? Is it shorter because they're so big longer because they don't meet any predators!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2018 3:48pm (May 24th 2018)
     
    I think its about ten years I will have to google it to be sure xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2018 11:34am (May 25th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    What a beauty NN! I do love their size! I want another GAL but don't think I could manage them very well, and Chie is in the tank I'd want to put one in haha. Here is Chie, our leopard gecko, btw...she's amazing :)

    (Ignore my grubby nails I'd been sifting through substrate!!)
      IMG_20180524_213721_979.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2018 2:11pm (May 25th 2018)
     
    Oh she is a real little beauty, look at her sweet little hands and that beautiful calm face xx That substrate does get your hands messed up. I usually just use a bulb compost for Ben it hasn't got the chemical in it that most garden composts has and the substrate is quite pricey. It doesn't seem to hurt him anyhow.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2018 6:29pm (May 25th 2018)
     
    She's a beautiful colour, very pretty lizard.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2018 6:38am (May 26th 2018)
     
    Red, I just love your gecko..she's darling..I love lizards, but I hate snakes..I guess it must be the lack of legs that I can't handle.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2018 3:18pm (May 26th 2018)
     
    Start with a slow worm, NN - they're legless lizards I believe. You'll be up to a python in no time!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2018 9:10pm (May 26th 2018)
     
    I think you meant Lynn CC !!!xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2018 6:21pm (May 27th 2018)
     
    Sorry, yes, it was Lynn I should have typed; do they have slow worms there?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2018 3:54am (May 29th 2018)
     
    I've never heard of slow worms, CC..I've heard of legless lizards, but I have no idea what a slow worm is..doesn't sound like anything I'd like to meet however :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2018 3:59am (May 29th 2018)
     
    I looked it up on google..nope I don't want to meet one, CC..looks too much like a SNAKE..ewwwwy!! :ack2:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2018 2:37pm (May 29th 2018)
     
    CC is such a tease Lynn I'm sure she knew you would get the shivers when you googled it ha ha.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2018 5:54pm (May 29th 2018)
     
    I just thought they'd be a good way of working your way up to snakes. I forget that most snakes your way will kill you; we only have one poisonous snake but they are rare and shy so more likely to run (?) away! Do you have slow worms there, Lynn?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2018 6:13pm (May 31st 2018)
     
    CC, not that I'm aware of, CC. I only know that where we live in Western Washington state, we have NO poisonous snakes..that's why I'd live nowhere else but here. We do have Rattle Snakes in Eastern Washington..but I don't go there. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2018 4:26am (Jun 8th 2018)
     
    No slow worms in this country that I know of (just googled them myself as I had never heard of them). Pretty cute! I grew up around rattle snakes (in California). Lynn's right not much poisonous in our region. The only kind of snake I ever see is Garter Snakes.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2018 4:49pm (Jul 20th 2018)
     
    Sad to say Ben has gone over the rainbow bridge, We got him April 2010 so He did well and lived a nice long life. I have buried him in a flower tub out in the garden.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2018 6:46pm (Jul 20th 2018)
     
    Bless him. Imagine a snail living 8 years! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2018 3:21pm (Jul 21st 2018)
     
    Oh that's so sad NN, but it is a fantastic age and you seem to have had a lot of pleasure in owning him. Sleep soundly Ben. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2018 5:09pm (Jul 21st 2018)
     
    Awwww. Big condolences on the loss of Ben. He will always be my favorite snail. Rest in peace, dear Ben.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2018 8:15pm (Jul 21st 2018)
     
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: DianeonWhidbey</cite> He will always be my favorite snail.</blockquote>

    Out of a number of how many snails whom you have known intimately, precisely?:rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2018 10:58pm (Jul 21st 2018)
     
    Thank you all for you thoughtfulness xxx Yes he was a nice snail and quite friendlyHe sure was the biggest snail I have ever seen.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2018 5:44pm (Jul 24th 2018)
     
    I can't believe you need to ask that, CC. You don't know me at all. :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 25th, 2018 6:29pm (Jul 25th 2018)
     
    Sorry, forgot all about your 7,000 Snail Facebook friends... :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 25th, 2018 7:22pm (Jul 25th 2018)
     
    It's made me thing about snails in a different way NN - never thought of one being friendly before!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2018 4:56pm (Jul 26th 2018)
     
    He was a bit special though ......the garden ones do my head in its the third planting of runner beans they and their friends the slugs have eaten to death
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2018 6:21pm (Jul 26th 2018)
     
    A Londoner asked yesterday if slugs were snails who had come out of their shells...!:face-monkey:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2018 8:51pm (Jul 26th 2018)
     
    Ha ha a lot of people in towns think that !!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2018 9:09pm (Jul 26th 2018)
     
    Funny, I really don't mind snails, but slugs turn my stomach. I just see them as bird food (they do eat them don't they? If not, what is the point in them?!)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2018 8:54am (Jul 27th 2018)
     
    Birds will eat them if there isn't much other food about but I think reluctantly. I seem to have a lot of those huge orange frilled type of slugs I hate those they are so tough and strong and strip a plant so quickly, My hens would not touch them, I have a feeling they are not native to our country but might be wrong..... Spanish or something I will have to google it later.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2018 5:46pm (Jul 27th 2018)
     
    Hedgehogs adore slugs. Scrummy! :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2018 6:19pm (Jul 27th 2018)
     
    Sadly we had to block the gap in our back gate as Minnie could get through so we don't get our hogs in the garden now But I do provide it with cat biscuits and a bowl of water!!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 5:28pm (Jul 28th 2018)
     
    I still envy all of you for hedgehogs. In the wild. It is hard to even picture.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 7:19pm (Jul 28th 2018)
     
    They are not so common now as they once were Diane. I was reading that part of the problem is people don't have front gardens any more as most people turn them into car parking. They did this advert asking for a hole to be cut in back garden fences so they can travel that way. I have to keep Sootz and Minnie in the back garden as they have no sense of danger so am unable to do that. My front garden does have a little bit of daytime hiding for them although its not ideal. Hence the cat biscuit and water.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 11:55pm (Jul 28th 2018)
     
    Sadly our back garden has those concrete bases to the fences (as do most of the neighbours) so there's no route through for them. I used to see one outside the front door sometimes at about midnight. We have a very ugly bush, some little privet bushes, and grass, but the neighbours are all turning theirs into more parking, and one has put a big wall around their tiny front garden - can't see the point - and consequently I haven't seen the hedgehog for a year. Last year we had hundreds of slugs - this year hardly any. No idea why.

    We do have a new stray cat though - a black unneutered boy who is very friendly but also very scabby. The manager at rehoming says they'll try and get him in in September if I can get him. He's very clever and avoids us during opening hours!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2018 11:30pm (Jul 30th 2018)
     
    That is so sad. I wonder if hedgehogs would survive where I live... What kind of predators do they have to avoid?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2018 3:13pm (Jul 31st 2018)
     
    Foxes, mostly. And badgers.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2018 6:47pm (Jul 31st 2018)
     
    And cars!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2018 10:42pm (Jul 31st 2018)
     
    I can remember my Dad telling way back, when the true Romanies used to eat them he said they were delicious apparently they wrapped them in Clay and put the ball of hog and clay in the fire to roast. We used to get them come with their beautiful horse drawn caravans, every summer, I can remember going to say hello to them with my Dad they used to make clothes pegs and Dad always bought some and they used to sit together having a chin wag and a drink of tea. I can only have been five at the time, they came to help out on the farm.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2018 5:53pm (Aug 1st 2018)
     
    Back to snails; on local radio they had a Luton customs bod who said the oddest thing he ever encountered was a lady smuggling two giant African land snails ON HER BODY!!! Wasn't you, NN, was it? :face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2018 6:43pm (Aug 1st 2018)
     
    Yuk nooo most certainly wasn't me CC. I never minded picking them up and giving them a bath and such but on my body no way!!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2018 8:14pm (Aug 1st 2018)
     
    My friend says the Romanies visit near her every christmas and sharpen knives and sell Xmas wreathes. When they go you'd never know they'd been there - take all of their rubbish (or dispose of it properly) so the residents are always happy to see them. Not like the travellers we get round here - an absolute nightmare.

    Wonder where she had the snails? In her bra?! Wonder how he found them!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2018 6:22pm (Aug 2nd 2018)
     
    He didn't say how he found them. Good job she wasn't patted down too hard!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2018 10:19pm (Aug 2nd 2018)
     
    Ha ha ha that's so funny Kate. made me splutter my drink every where xx
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2018 5:44pm (Aug 3rd 2018)
     
    That is hilarious. I wonder if she also smuggles hedgehogs...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 4th, 2018 7:15pm (Aug 4th 2018)
     
    goodness knows where she yould hide those I dread to even think about it ha ha
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 7th, 2018 6:18pm (Aug 7th 2018)
     
    LOL