Snails? Intelligent? Basic Snail Facts That Will Surprise You
Have you heard any amazing snail facts lately? How about this: Mollusks, the scientific name for snail, includes a variety of animals from a tiny creature, up to a large octopus. It also includes squid.
Squid and octopus are possibly the most intelligent animal without a backbone, also called invertebrates. The largest of these, an adult giant squid, has never been seen alive. Only some young squid have been seen by humans, scientists who study them so we can better understand the animals of the earth.
A colossal squid is larger than a giant squid. The size is thought to be 1100 pounds and over 30 feet long.
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Snails include the kind served in restaurants, as well as clams, and the snails in your garden that destroy your plants.
They are triploblastic protostomes. This means that their bodies are made up of a mass of material that holds the organs, a foot that holds the muscle enabling them to attach to a surface, and the head. Some, but not all, have eyes and tentacles.
The snail's body has a sheet or mantel, which forms a shell from secretions.
They scrape up their food by moving back and forth on an edible surface. You can picture this when you recall seeing a snail attached to a leaf. Later you see the leaf is full of holes.
Snails do not have segmented bodies, like most all land animals.
They are believed to be related to the annelids. Annelids are animals that do have segmented bodies.
They are not male or female - they are hermaphrodites. They can produce both sperm and eggs.
The snail has no sense of hearing, they use their sense of smell and feeling to maneuver about the earth.
A snail is not in the insect family. There are more snails than insects on earth.
The trail of slime that they leave as they move allows them to move on any type of surface in any terrain without being injured. Think of being able to walk on glass, sharp rocks etc. without hurting your feet. That’s how they are.
Snails in nature live 15 years on average, up to 25 years. In captivity, they live longer because they are protected from predators.
Larger snails eat smaller snails. Snails are also on the menu for birds, frogs, dogs and cats (sometimes they just kill them and don’t eat them). They can seek protection by withdrawing into their shells but predators often break the shells.
Snails don’t carry disease like cockroaches do, contrary to common belief. They are not dangerous to touch. To be safe though, you should wash after handling them.
They are safe to eat only if they are prepared correctly. If you are planning to try a recipe for snails, use an established cook book and follow directions exactly as written.
It is generally accepted that they have been on earth for month that 600 million years.
Now you now some surprising snail facts that can be the start of studying about the amazing animal kingdom.