Om Secret World of Slugs and Snails
An illustrated guide to slugs and snails, this book serves as a field guide to the friendly slimy creatures. Covering everything from snail sex to the importance of slugs in our ecosystem, Gordon takes us on a journey through the slow and magical world of this gentle species. Including short essays like Grow Your Own Escargot to informational chapters titled Look Ma, No Operculum! this book is chock-full of information, without the dull tone of a textbook.Gordon chronicles the lessons the human world can learn from the mullosks: the importance of slowing down. The slow lane is a well-traveled one; slugs and snails predate humans by 260 to 350 million years! Snails and slugs arent just garden pests; in fact, they freckle international history. Snail farming dates back to 50 BC in Rome, and soldiers in Napoleons army carried escargot for emergency rations.In the Seven Secrets section, Gordon unveils fascinating facts like this one: many snails and slugs are hermaphroditic, and born with both male and female reproductive systems. If necessary, they can reproduce on their own and do all the time! Additonally, slugs and snails are of particular regional fascination. The Olympic Peninsula is a hotbed for gastropods, housing 70 different kinds, including a whopping 56 kinds of slug and snail species.