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Friday, August 1, 2014

New snails and seedlings cropping up at Echo Park Lake

Apple Snail at Echo Park Lake/Darrell Kunitomi

A Sunday visit to Echo Park Lake turned up signs of new life.  Long-time park visitor Darrell Kunitomi snapped some photos of  those new Apple Snails that began appearing in the water a few weeks ago.  Meanwhile, on dry land, the newly reseeded sections of lawns have begun to sprout.

The snails, which are considered an invasive species in some areas, appear to be thriving in the water while those grass seedlings seem to be having a tougher time in spots, Kunitomi said. “New lawn plantings are sprouting, but people are walking all over the beds, including families letting kids run rampant in taped-off zones,” he said. “C’mon people.”

With the exception of a fast-moving pedal boat, the Apple Snails don’t seem to have worry about any threats for now. “I broke off lots of egg masses to see if mosquito fish would attack, and they really didn’t show much interest,” Kunitomi said.

New grass seedlings have begun to sprout/Darrell Kunitomi

Clusters of Apple Snail eggs have attached themselves to aquatic plants.

10 comments

  1. I read that the snails natural predators include ducks, some fish and dragonfly (presumably young snails) but these predators cannot get to the eggs and snails in the wetlands areas as the nets prevent them.

    (What are the nets keeping out? Or in??)

    But I experimented by knocking off a cluster of the eggs from the walls of the lake and the fish raced over to devour the cluster enmasse, it was gone in seconds, that could be a way to reduce the numbers of these invasive snails, each cluster can apparently result in 300 lotus-eating snails.

    There is a short time to reduce the population before they hatch and eat the wetlands completely (in about a week).

  2. Just in time for Halloween – scary!!!

  3. On Sunday eve at the south side of the lake I saw a koi or carp-like fish that was about 10 or 12 inches long.

  4. I knocked off several clusters but didn’t see mosquito fish showing much interest, I hoped they would but just didn’t see that. Hope also more fowl will go after newly hatched snails and egg clusters, or the plant life is going to go buh bye — the eggs and adults are all over the new lotus bed.

    Wonder what that ‘koi or carp’ was?

  5. Im not worried about snails ruining the lake, I’m worried about the hipsters doing it! I mean, haven’t we noticed all the dirty diapers and old corn sticks all over the place? Hipsters love corn mayo and chile on a stick, and it shows cause those old chewed cobs are everywhere. Who else could POSSIBLY be eating those? F these gentrifying skinny mustached white boys.

  6. C’mon Dingus, take it somewheres else please.

    • just saying…. Let’s not blind ourselves to realities of the world for the sake of being pc. I love all my neighbors in Echo Park, theres nothing wrong with pointing out whats obvious to everyone who lives around the lake. Hopefully the sarcasm helps it go down a easier? If not I apologize to anyone i’ve offended as that was not my objective. I wish nothing but great things for all my neighbors in EP.

  7. Peace out, and in the lake.

    BTW, I am corrected: in the Lepomis sunfish fam there are redear and long-eared species, both seem to eat aquatic snails, or anything else they can chomp, gnat larvae (midges), minnows, etc.

  8. …didn’t get the sarcasm, the injuction thread poisoned my thoughts. Peace out II.

  9. link to wikipedia page of apple snails
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampullariidae

    highly invasive, can carry disease. more than likely the predator will become the native hawks. hope these snails have no disease and don’t kill the hawks off too.

    maybe we should think about planting native plants in los angeles?

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