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A snail is an animal. It is a mollusk, which means it does not have bones. Most snails are aquatic, they live in the water. Most of them have a shell. Most snails are herbivores, though some are omnivores. Fewer even are carnivores.
Snails without a shell are usually called slugs.
Snails move very slowly, and are sometimes used to represent "slow".
In some countries, like in France, people eat snails. After the snails are cooked, they make a dish called Escargot, a delicacy in France. They usually boil them in salt water, and add a garlic sauce.
Snails don’t have bones or legs; instead they have a muscle called a foot.
Snails and slugs are what you call invertebrates. Invertebrates are animals with no back bones. The shell on the snail helps protect it. Not all shells are the same. They can be different shapes, sizes, and colors. Snails do not breath through their mouths; instead they have a breathing hole under their shells.
The head is attached to the foot. The mouth is like a cheese grater. It is called radula. It is used for cutting food. In the mouth there are also little teeth. On the head there are 15 cm long feelers. On the end of the feelers are snail’s eyes. Snails do not see very well.
Snails are found all over the world. They are even found in cold places like the Arctic. They are also found in warm places like beaches and deserts. Not all snails live on land. Some snails live in the water. They live in the sea, fish tanks, rivers and oceans. They don’t swim in the water. They stick on rocks. Snails also live on land. They live in caves and dark places. Snails can be found in dark places such as in a garden under plants.
Snails eat a lot of vegetables such as lettuce, cucumber, and carrots. Snails also eat fruit like apples. Snails use their radula to cut food. The radula is the mouth.
Many animals eat snails. Firefly’s, snakes, beetles, fish, insects, turtles, and people all eat snails. To defend themselves, snails hide in their shells or pull in their feelers.
The biggest snail is the giant African snail. It is 35 cm long. This snail turned into a giant pest. The rarest snails are the giant African snail and partala snail.
The fastest snail is the Helis aspersa snail. It can reach speeds up to 0.03mph.
Slugs are invertebrates; this means they have no back bones. Slugs do not have shells. Slugs look a lot like snails but they have no shells. Slugs are also mollusks. Slugs have soft and squishy bodies. Slugs have a head. They have eyes on the tip of their tentacles; slugs have a file- like tongue. A slug has a hole half way along the body for breathing. Slugs only have one foot, they use their foot for moving and the foot is a muscle.
Many slugs live in North America. Slugs like living in damp places. Slugs come out in early mornings and after the rain. You can find slugs in gardens and parks. Slugs come out in spring and summer.
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