I'm not in the habit of indulging in voyeurism, but when it comes to snails I can't help myself! The photograph shows a pair, on one of our garden steps, in the act of reproduction. Foreplay in the snail world is a lengthy process. It can take up to twenty hours or more! I once began watching a couple of Giant African Land Snails engaging in the lovemaking process late at night. When I got up the next morning, they were still at it! However you feel about snails, it's a gentle and tender act to behold as they kiss each other delicately all over each other's 'necks'..... er well, I've included a link that will go into the matter in more detail.
And here is the outcome (see photograph below). On repotting my fuchsias, here is where one snail managed to lay its bundle of eggs. Each egg takes the snail 15 to 30 minutes to lay. Seeing as it lays up to about 60 eggs, the process can take from 20 to 30 hours!
Whenever I come across a freshly lain bundle of snails eggs I marvel at how like freshwater pearls they are, shiny and opaque and beautiful. Even though they are not sticky, they seem to hold together in one wobbly mass. I wonder what it is that makes them stick together when they're not sticky?! And please don't worry about the pair of snails reproducing on our garden step; I very carefully removed them intact to a place of safety where they wouldn't get squished by our three large dogs!