A snail classifies as a gastropoda, which is a member of the mollusk family. Mollusks are defined by having no backbone, soft bodies and hard shells to protect the body. Both water and land snails are in the mollusk family.Continue Reading
Reptiles are cold-blooded animals that are either strictly carnivorous or omnivores. Snakes, crocodiles and turtles are examples of reptiles.
Garden snails and marine snails are not the only species in the mollusk family; other mollusks include clams, octopus and cuttlefish. Slugs identify as gastropods, even though they do not have a hard shell. A snail's shell is made of calcium carbonate, and the shell will grow along with the snail's body, until the snail reaches adulthood.Learn more about Slugs & Snails
Snails travel at a speed of one meter per hour. Research indicates that snails move quickly enough to cover the area of an average UK garden in one evening.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
Snails have developed behavioral and physiological adaptations through the years. The once exclusive marine and freshwater snails formed gills and developed lungs in order to survive on land, while terrestrial snails formed gills in order to thrive in wet biotopes. Some, like the golden snails, formed both gills and lungs.Full Answer >
Snail shells are formed when a snail continually feeds on calcium. A snail is born with a soft version of its shell that needs calcium to grow into the hardened form.Full Answer >