SNAILS, SNAILS EVERYWHERE!

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Snails in various sizes

Throughout the rainy season, there are snails everywhere. Literally, everywhere around our home. For a person who spent most of her childhood in the city, I am always fascinated by their abundance and diversity. Snails on trees, walls, doors, plastic containers…you get my point. I just cant help but adore the way they seem to ignore everything and everyone else as they go about their life of adventure.

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Snail on plastic

My mum wasn’t too pleased however. She blames them for doing damage to her garden. At one point, I saw one in her bedroom. I think it came in with some laundry.

So, naturally, I thought it would only be fair to do a piece on these lovely creatures. Besides I really want to share some snail-photos I took along the way.

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Two Snails hanging out

Popularly known for their lack of speed, here are some other facts about snails:

 

 

 

  • Have coiled shells in various sizes, colours and patterns,
  • Shell-less snails are called slugs,
  • One of the most diverse animals on earth,
  • Live in almost all habitats – land, freshwater and sea,
  • Range largely in size,
  • Some garden snails enjoy eating together from the same source,

 

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Two Snails side-by-side
  • Certain species have hairy shells,
  • Most active at night,
  • Are hermaphrodites – lay and conceive eggs when mating,
  • An average adult moves at a speed of 1 millimeter persecond – making them one of the slowest creatures on earth,
  • They leave behind a trail of slyme as they move,
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A Snail on the door – Notice its trail of slyme
  • Land Snails are usually herbivorous feeding on vegetables, fruits, soft barks, algae and dirt,

 

 

  • Some other species are carnivores, even feeding on other snails,
  • They can see and smell but cannot hear,
  • Widely regarded as agricultural and garden pests,
  • Average lifespan of 10 to 15 years in captivity,

 

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Snail on Trees

 

 

 

 

  • Certain land, freshwater and seawater snails are eaten in many tribes and cultures,
  • The ancient myth of Cupid’s arrow may be based on early observations of the love dart behaviour of some snails,
  • Some varieties of snail produce a secretion that is a natural, colour-fast dye,
  • The Giant African Land Snail, a species endemic of Africa, can grow up to 12 inches,
  • Sometimes kept as household pets,
  • Considered as a symbol of rebirth and joy by Pre-Columbian Americans,
  • Play an important role in mythology of ancient Greece, Indonesia, Hawaii and India.

 

 

So next time you come across these lovely creatures, remember how fascinating they are!

RESOURCES:

16 Surprisingly Fast Facts About Snails

Facts about Snails

 

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