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How many teeth does a snail have?

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The number of teeth a snail has depends on the type of snail, but the average snail has well over 1,000 teeth. The teeth of snails are contained in rows called a radula. These rows shift and allow missing teeth to be replaced.

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Snails are voracious eaters that use their small, sharp teeth to rip through vegetation. The consistent ripping and chewing wears down the teeth and causes the radula to create a new row, pushing all of the rows forward, helping to rotate the teeth.

The radula is sometimes mistaken for a tongue. However, it is possible to hear a snail chew its food, when observed in a quiet room.

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