- • Some Snails are hermaphrodites which mean that they have both male and female reproductive organs.
- • Snails are nocturnal animals which mean they are more active at night.
- • Garden snails breathe with lungs.
- • The garden snail is cooked and eaten as a delicacy called escargot
- • May 24th is National Escargot Day
- • World’s largest snail is the Australian trumpet (Syrinx aruanus), a sea species from the shores of northern and western Australia which can grow up to 77.2 cm (30 inches) in shell length.
- • Some studies have found that snail mucus might be useful to help wounds heal, possibly by triggering an immune response that helps skin cells regenerate.
- • Several species of terrestrial snails have hairy shells, especially the juveniles. Scientists postulate that this might be an adaptation that improves locomotion in wet environments, since hairy snails tend to come from humid areas.
- • Conches are very large sea snails. People have used its shell trumpets as musical instruments for millennia. Shell trumpets play an important part in the mythology of ancient Greece, India, and Hawaii. In ancient Greek mythology, for instance, the sea god Triton calmed the waves with a conch-shell trumpet.
- • The recently discovered Angustopila dominikae may be the smallest land snail ever found, with a shell just 0.03 inches tall. If you lined 10 of them up in a row, they could all march through the eye of a needle together. Any snail shorter than 0.2 inches officially qualifies as a microgastropod.
By – Jyoti Joshi
Department of Environmental sciences
Uttaranchal (P.G.) College Of Bio-Medical Sciences & Hospital