Help us complete the first citizen science snail survey focusing on the urban areas of Southern California by finding snails and slugs, taking photos of them, and uploading them to the SLIME iNaturalist page.
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From a walk around your block, backyard garden, local library or school, to a hike in a local park, look for snails and slugs in damp areas under bushes, among wood pieces in wood piles, between and under rocks or bricks, on tree bark, on plants, among leaves, and along wet sidewalks.
Place one snail/slug in a small container (like a yogurt cup or small butter tub) along with a piece of damp paper towel. Poke holes in the container to give the snail or slug some fresh air. One animal per container is best.
Make a label for the container with the date, location where you found the animal (be as specific as you can be), and your name and stick it onto the container.
Give your collected specimens to Guest Relations at the South entrance of the Museum. They will contact Malacology for a staff member to pick them up.
Alternatively, you can take a focused picture of the snails and slugs you find and upload them to the SLIME iNaturalist page: http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/slime.
Each snail/slug you found will be identified, recorded in a database, and added to the Museum’s permanent collection with you listed as the collector. Your efforts will help us determine the distribution of snail species in greater Los Angeles, identify introduced species, determine which species are common versus rare, and much more!
We are grateful to our Institutional Partners