Published on Apr 14, 2017

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Check out the below snail facts you didn’t know about:

  • Snails of gastropods mollusks; Members of the phylum Mollusca and the class of Gastropods.
  • Some species of snails hibernate in the colder months of the year. They cover their bodies with a thin layer of mucus, which protects them from drying out. Sometimes snails also make a similar process in the summer, called summer hibernation to survive if it is a dry period. These processes are perhaps one of the reasons why they survived for millions of years.
  • The lifespan of snails depends on their habitat and species. Some of them live only about five years. However, others in captivity can live up to 25 years.
  • As they move along snails, leave a trace of mucus that acts as a lubricant to reduce surface friction. This also allows the snail to move along the legs to the head.
  • The largest snail record was 12 inches long and weighed about two pounds. These are giant African snails. Other species are small in length only a few centimeters when they are adults and only a few ounces of weight.
  • Snails cannot hear. To find food, they use their sense of smell.
  • It’s a myth that a snail mucus can make a person sick. Many people worry that snails in your garden, destroy the food grown there and make them inedible, but it’s a lie.
  • Snails can live almost anywhere, although they do not like heat. When the weather is hot, snails dig under the ground and wait until it is cool.
  • There can be as many as 150,000 species of gastropods, and they live in almost all habitats from the deep ocean trenches of deserts.

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