I'm ready to hunt me some snails....
The Island Apple Snail is an invasive species, but the rare Everglades Kite and the Limpkins have adapted to add these to their diet. Once eaten, the empty shells are scattered about, some as big as a small apple, and they are really pretty! Obviously, there are some well fed birds - these were all in one spot. Like a snail snack shack!
Noel was helping me!
See why I wore long pants? Those little burrs are sharp!
Some of the birds we saw, including the rare Limpkin!
After collecting several dozen, we squished back in our soggy, stinky shoes, drove home and immediately showered! The shells are now soaking in some bleach-y water for me to clean them all out and send some to my friends Jean and Linda, keeping one or two here in the trailer to remind me of our fun "Snail Adventure - 2013".
See how big and pretty they are?