SLIME - How to Participate | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Appleseed snails (Cochilocopa lubrica). These were collected in the Rose Garden next door to the Museum by teachers attending an NHM educator workshop

SLIME - Snails and Slugs Living in Metropolitan Environments

Help us complete the first community 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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How to Participate

Step 1: Find snails and slugs

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.

Step 2: Collect them in a container

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.

Step 3: Write a label for each container

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.

Step 4: Drop your specimen(s) off at the NHM

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:

What happens next?

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!