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Garden Snail

Helix aspersa


The head bears four tentacles, the upper two of which have eye-like light sensors, and the lower two of which are smaller, tactile and olfactory sensory structures. The tentacles can be retracted into the head. The mouth is located beneath the tentacles, and contains a chitinous radula which the snail uses to scrape and manipulate food particles.

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Hema 7 years ago

Ursula,here is a pic of the Albino Roman Snail.
It is a true case of survival against all odds!!

Hema 7 years ago

I finally took a pic of it's head. I am interested in seeing it's mouth. Next time I will give him something to eat and catch him munching.
One of my most interesting snail discoveries was an albino snail with jointed antenna. It was remarkable that it could survive with these two disabilities.

Ursula Fricke
Ursula Fricke 7 years ago

I've never been interested in snails and wouldn't have read up on them on my own, so thanks for the explanation. I had wondered occasionally if snails had 4 eyes... ;)

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Walnut Creek, California, USA

Spotted on May 22, 2013
Submitted on May 22, 2013

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