Kingdom : Animalia
                        Class : Gastropoda
       Scientific Name : Achatinoidea
                      Size(L) : 0.5cm - 80cm 
                                       (0.2in - 32in)

                      Weight : 0.01kg - 18kg 
                                       (0.02lbs - 40lbs)
   Average Life Span : 1 - 20 years
                      Colour : Black, Brown, 
                                      Yellow, Tan
                 Skin Type : Shell
Distinctive Features : Armoured shell with 
                                      long, thin eye stems
  1. Snails are small-medium sized molluscs found all across the world.
  2. There are mainly three groups of snails- land snails, sea snails and freshwater snails.
  3. There are around a 1000 species of snails found in the world.
  4. They are most commonly found in areas where there is ample vegetation.
  5. Distinctively, they have a hard, coiled outer shell by the time they reach adulthood.
  6. These large shells protect them by enabling them to retract their bodies in the shell.
  7. Snails without shells are called slugs and are considered to be different from snails.
  8. Their ribbon like tongue is called radula which has a lot of microscopic tooth-like structures.
  9. The radula helps the snail breakdown its food, by working like a file and ripping the food into smaller bits.
  10. The smaller species of snails are herbivores feeding on leaves, stems flowers and vegetation.
  11. The larger species may be omnivores as well as carnivores.
  12. Their slow movements and small size makes them fall prey to numerous birds, rodents and amphibians.
  13. Snails are hermaphrodites but still have to mate with other snails to fertilize their eggs.
  14. After a month of mating, the snail lays its eggs in a burrow or a covered leaf.
  15. The eggs hatch after 2 weeks and the babies take up to 2 years to reach adulthood.
  16. Their average lifespan varies between 1 and 20 years.
  17. Snails are thriving in some areas whereas in others they are suffering because of pollution and habitat loss.

 

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