Snails are gastropod mollusks; members of the phylum Mollusca and the class Gastropoda.
When they feel threatened, they usually retreat into their shell to protect themselves. Here are ten interesting facts about snails.
- THEY LIVE EVERYWHERE ON EARTH
There may be as many 150,000 species of gastropods, and they live in almost all habitats, from deep ocean trenches to deserts.
2. THEIR MUCUS MIGHT IMPROVE YOUR SKIN
- They LIVE FOR A VERY LONG TIME
Most Snails live for 2 to 5 years. But in captivity, some can live for 10 to 15 years. When snails are properly cared for in an enclosed area, they live very long.
- MOST SNAIL SPECIES ARE HERMAPRODITE
Snails have the reproductive organs of both, males and females, which categorize them as hermaphrodites. However, they usually do not create offspring on their own. They mate with another snail, and then both lay eggs.
- SNAILS CAN SEE BUT CANT HEAR
Most land snails have two set of tentacles, the upper one carry the eyes, while the lower one has the olfactory organs. However, they do not have ears or ear canal.
- SNAILS ARE NOCTURNAL ANIMAL
Snails are nocturnal animals, which mean most of their activities take place at night.
- SNAIL CARE
Snails will die if you put salt on them. Make sure they are not in contact with salt if you have one in captivity because their body can´t process it.
- SOME SNAILS HIBERNATE
Some species of snails hibernate during the colder months of the year. They cover their bodies with a thin layer of mucus, which prevents them from drying out. Sometimes snails also do a similar process in the summer, called estivation, to survive if it is a dry period. These processes are probably one of the reasons they have survived for millions of years.
- THERE ARE GIANT SNAILS
The biggest land snail recorded was 12 inches long and weighed near 2 pounds. It was a Giant African Snail. Other species are tiny being only a few centimeters long when they are adults and just a couple of ounces in weight.
- SNAIL MOVING
When moving, snails leave behind a trail of mucus. This mucus acts as a lubricant to reduce friction against the surface where they pass.
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