What Are Little Boys Made Of?

What are little boys made of?
Slugs and snails
And puppy-dogs’ tails,
That’s what little boys are made of.

The boys found a snail today, I think it is a Helix pomatia – an edible snail. I could be wrong since no one around here talks about eating escargot.SnailSnails are not my favourite creatures. I understand that snails are not able to hear at all so they use their sense of touch to interact with the environment.

Snails are hermaphrodites and are able to produce both sperm and eggs. When they mate, both snails will conceive and lay eggs. Some snails can live up to 25 years.

This snail didn’t live long today. The boys played around with it and enjoyed seeing its eyes retracting and the snail going in and out of its shell. Unfortunately, they accidentally dropped it and the shell cracked.  Later they ran over it, killing it.crushed snailI understand that’s what little boys do – they squish things . . . that’s what little boys are made of.


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