Interesting facts about Garden Snails

Garden Snails are a curiously interesting species of nature. They go by the scientific name Helix aspersa . As you can guess, garden snails are found in gardens, parks, dunes and forests. They generally have a light grey moist skin with a light brown shell that has dark brown bands across.

Even though we can find them in our garden, snail have more species living in the sea than what we see on land. Because of their diverse habitat there are all kinds of differences between garden snails and any other type of snails you may find elsewhere.

The association of snail in our everyday conversation with being slow makes it very curious. There are some very interesting facts about the garden snails that make it interesting to say the least.

Garden snails cannot get hurt even if they crawl across a sharp razor edge. The reason is that their body produces guie slime that prevents them from getting cuts. They can even manage to crawl upside down with the suction created because of this slime.

Garden Snail is also known to be hermaphrodite which means that it possesses both male and female reproductive organs. Interestingly enough it still needs to find a mate to reproduce … go figure.

Even though Garden snail has its eyes mounted on top of their tentacles, their sense of sight is very poor, and so they have to rely on their sense of smell and touch to find food. They generally eat decaying plants but also feed on plants and vegetables.

Garden snail can be very fast as compared to the other snail species. They can move across in speed up to 55 yards per hour. That’s lightning fast compared to most other snail species that move at the speed of 22 inches per hour. 

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Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

There are so many interesting things to know about snails! Thanks.

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writeido 6 years ago Author

Yep, there's nothing in this world we can't learn from :) even snails. They're very interesting creature and a beautiful one too. It fascinates me to know how different the other forms of life are and yet they have all adapted well to our planet's climate...

I hope we get wise enough not to destroy this great planet of ours through our ignorance.

NIDA SHAHID 5 years ago

I did'nt know there r so many intresting facts about snails, before i thought they were just lonely n slimy creatures.

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writeido 5 years ago Author

Yes Nida :) they surely are lonely and slimy but there is more to them than just the social discomfort and goo :)

Flossie 4 years ago

I love snails and I always have.They are very cute and interesting.

paul 4 years ago

great facts

muskan 4 years ago

i hit them oh my god


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