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This land snail was about three sixteenth of an inch wide. It had different shades of brown, and some green color. Snails are invertebrates, which are animals with no backbones. The shell of a snail, helps protect it, and also reduces the loss of water by evaporation. Shells have many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Snails do not breath through their mouths, instead they have a breathing hole under their shells. A snail is a common name for a kind of mollusk. The term is used for a Gastropod with a coiled shell. Close relatives of the snails, are the slugs, which are basically snails without shells. Most land snails and slugs are herbivorous. There are more than 43,000 species of snails, all over the world. Land snails are nocturnal animals, and move to food and partners, in the late evening or at night. They prefer a damp, but not a wet environment, and bury themselves up to two weeks, in hot and dry phases. There enemies are birds and mammals. Land snails eat vegetables and fruits, such as: lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, and apples. Aquatic snails are often carnivorous. A snails "foot", is a muscle which allows it to move slowly across the ground. The foot puts out ( exudes ) slime, which eases a snails movement, leaving a trail. The head is attached to the foot. The mouth is like a cheese grater. It is called a radula. It is used for cutting up food. On the radula, there are little teeth. On the head, there are two, long, 15mm. stalks. At the ends of these stalks, are the snails eyes. Snails and slugs, are fairly close relatives to clams, mussels, and other mollusks. Slugs and snails typically feed at night or during heavily overcast periods, avoiding sunny, drying conditions.
Snails are found all over the world. Land snails live on damp habitats. They live in caves and dark places. Snails can be found in dark places, such as in a garden under a plants foliage. Some species live in cold places, like the artic, and a few are found in warm places like beaches and deserts. Some snails are aquatic, and live in water.
Around 7:30 a.m. in the morning, I went outside. I noticed a very small object, on one of the outside walls of my house. As I got very close, I noticed that it was a very small snail. I very carefully removed the snail from this wall, and I then took this snail inside my house, so I could take some photos of it. After taking some photos of this snail, I then picked the snail up with a piece of paper, and took it outside, and set it free. The next morning, I went outside, and I saw another snail, on a different wall. I saw one snail yesterday morning, and I saw one snail this morning. Tomorrow morning, I will see if I see another snail...
Lat: 28.14, Long: -81.46
Spotted on Apr 17, 2015
Submitted on Apr 18, 2015