10 Facts About Snails

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Snails respire using a lung belong to the group Pulmonata, while those with gills form a polyphyletic group; in other words, snails with gills form a number of taxonomic groups that are not necessarily more closely related to each other than they are related to some other groups. Both snails that have lungs and snails that have gills have diversified so widely over geological time that a few species with gills can be found on land and numerous species with lungs can be found in freshwater.

  • Many species of snails actually 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 are also able to hibernate in the summer to survive if they are faced with a severe drought.
  • The largest land snail recorded weighed only 2 pounds and was 15 inches long. It was discovered in 1976.
  • Snails move they leave behind slime. This slime is like a powerful form of suction for them. This is why they are even able to move upside down, around corners, and other comical situations.
  • Garden snails are the fastest species and they can move about 55 yards per hour.
  • The Giant African Land Snail is known to eat more than 500 different types of plants.
  • Snails are very strong and can lift up to 10 times their own body weight in a vertical position.
  • Instead of moving in a straight line they will complete a circle pattern.
  • They have the reproductive organs of both males and females which categorizes them as hermaphrodites. Both male and female have the ability to laid eggs.
  • Snails don’t see very well so they have to rely upon their good sense of smell to help them find their prey. They also aren’t able to hear.
  • Snails will die if they consume either salt or sugar because their body can produce these items.

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