…Did You Know?
- Snails are so diverse that there are land snails, sea snails, and freshwater snails.
- There are thousands of snail species.
- The “giant tiger land snail” also known, as “giant Ghana snail” is the largest land snail in the world, their length can reach up to 12 inches.
- Land snails secrete mucus to facilitate their movement and reduce the friction against the ground.
- Snails try to get a diet that is full of calcium to keep their shells thick and healthy.
- Land snails have tiny teeth! They have a structure called the radula that has of rows of them.
- The “cone snails,” a family of sea snails is venomous, and some of them are fatal to humans!
- There are approximately 600 different species in the family of “cone snails.”
- There are about 30 humans deaths registered caused by cone snails.
- The sea snails breathe with gills; the land snails breathe with lungs while some species of freshwater snails breathe with lungs and others with gills.
- In several countries, they eat some species of land snails, and they are considered a delicacy.
Snails’ ancestors are one of the earliest known types of animals in the world. There is fossil evidence of primitive gastropods dating back to the late Cambrian period; this means that they lived nearly 500 million years ago.
Certainly, land snails are incredibly slow. Their forward speed depends on the species, but usually, it is between 0.5 and 0.7 inches per second. Its slowness is another feature that has made it famous, and some people have known how to play with it. For example, in many places in the UK, snail racing is organized! Can you imagine waiting for them to reach the finish line? It does not last as long as it may seem.
While moving, snails leave behind a trail of slime, a lubricant they produce to allow them to go on any terrain without injuring its body. Land Snails aren’t able to hear at all, but they have eyes and olfactory organs. They use their sense of smell to help them find food being their most important sensory organ.
You will find that snails are most active at night. They may come out during the early morning hours as well.