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Old 09-19-2020, 08:13 AM   #1
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Snail mail


I always thought this phrase was a reference to the postal service being necessarily slower than email. But it turns out there is a double meaning.

Apparently snails love the glue used to stick envelopes together and therefore like to crawl into post office boxes, where there is plenty for them to eat. I read today that a North London postbox has had to be closed while a colony of molluscs is cleared out of it.
 
Old 09-19-2020, 04:45 PM   #2
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The naked snails in my garden sometimes get into my mailbox and feast on my mail. At first I thought some of the envelopes had been stuck in some machine and therefore got ripped open but one day I saw a naked snail having a go at it.. If I catch them again at it, I'll take a photo.
 
Old 09-19-2020, 09:08 PM   #3
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Naked snails are called slugs. At least on this side of the pond.
 
Old 09-20-2020, 04:05 AM   #4
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Naked snails are called slugs. At least on this side of the pond.
In the UK also!
 
Old 09-21-2020, 11:57 PM   #5
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At the moment I saw the topic, I jumped to read it thinking it should be something related to postal service. I couldn't help laughing after seeing the true story..Anyway, I learned something new here.Thanks for sharing
 
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Thanks for the information Hazel. Always good to learn something new
 
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Every now and then I find a snail in the bathroom, they hide in the ivy outside the window and occasionally venture inside. Several times lately I've removed one from the top of a stack of toilet rolls and put it back in the ivy. Last time I popped a roll off the stack, not only was there slime on the edge, but part of the cardboard middle had been scraped off. These rolls have a shiny bluish finish to the cardboard, and only that layer had been eaten.

Now I think about it, I don't remember the snails showing any interest in bogroll in the previous couple of years. Unfortunately I can't remember the brand, otherwise I could buy the same again, and leave one next to an envelope to see which the snails prefer.
 
Old 10-01-2020, 04:22 AM   #8
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Naked snails are called slugs. At least on this side of the pond.
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In the UK also!
They are now going to be naked snails in my head from this point onwards!
 
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Every now and then I find a snail in the bathroom, they hide in the ivy outside the window and occasionally venture inside.
I have one in my living room, whether a snail or a slug I don't know because I've never seen it. But I find the trails sometimes in the morning. I don't think there's any point in looking for it. There are too many places where it could hide.
 
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Old 10-01-2020, 01:47 PM   #11
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If the trails are generally in the same place, sprinkle some salt across the area. Salt and slugs/snails do not get along, because salt is a deadly poison to them.
 
  


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