Top 15+ Interesting Facts About Snails You Should Know About

Snails and slugs eating tree leaves

Written by Vishal Bandre

Computer Engineer, Founder Factober Blogging Network.

May 3, 2020

Snails belong to mollusks family creatures. The mollusks category also consists of other animals like the octopus, squids, shellfishes, etc. Snail is a general term addressing gastropod mollusks which can further be divided into different groups like, sea, freshwater, and land snails. Snails without shells are called slugs.

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What is the difference between snails and slugs?

Slugs and snails are mollusks, a similar group of animals guaranteeing shellfish, octopus, and squid. The only difference between the snails and the slugs is that snails have a shell, but the slugs have no shell.

Shellfish, lobsters, snails family animal
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They’re close relatives of Shellfishes. The “Shellfish” includes shrimp, crayfish, crab, lobster, clams, scallops, oysters, and mussels.
Slugs and snails are mollusks.

Snails at Antarctica
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They’re found everywhere at high altitude, mountainous regions, hot as well as cold places. The snails are found on every continent of the earth. Many animals or creatures can’t survive on Antarctica. Snails are found there.

Did you know what do they eat?

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Snails survive eating fungi, algae, mushrooms, etc. Most of they are herbivores. Snails from marine area can have different food preferences.

The majority of snails eat leaves, stems, and flowers,
but some marine-based snails are predatory omnivores or even carnivores.

Snails inspired medical adhesives. The defensive mucus secreted by them has inspired an adhesive for medical purposes. The generated bio-glue is extremely strong and can easily get-go with the wet surfaces. Source. The usage of their mucus in medical to help wounds heal that helps skin cells regenerate.

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They’ve interesting respiratory system for breathing purpose based on where their species is on Earth or is underwater. Some use their gills to breathe and some their lungs based on the habitat. Mostly, the land snails use their gills whereas marine snails use their lungs to pump the oxygen.

There are venomous snails, which kill their prey using their harpoon tooth. Predator snails hunt their prey following its scent, through rivers, and up trees, until the prey has fallen.

Sea slugs consume jellyfishes, only to get their nettle cells and to use them for their own protection purposes. Some snails eat other snails.

Snails and starfish
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Can beat a starfish by paralysing them with their venomous saliva. They can crawl through the sharp knife without getting hurt. They have ribbon like tongue called a radula which contains a thousands of tiny teeth.

They’re considered a symbol of rebirth and joy for Mesoamericans in pre-Columbian Americans.

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Around the world, people are using their remainings or shells as musical instruments. In Hindu temples, they use shell trumpets to produce holy musical sounds by blowing the air inside it with a specific pattern.

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