Snails are the earliest known animals in the world. They are gastropods with a spiral shell which is loaded on the back. They breathe atmospheric air and convert it into oxygen with the help of their lungs. Snails are of many types. Some are found inside a rock and some live on the leaves of a plant. Snails are the smallest yet they are one of the most interesting creatures found on the earth.
Now there are some interesting facts about the snails.
Snail’s teeth are not like regular teeth. A snail’s teeth are arranged in rows on its tongue. A garden snail has about 14,000 teeth while other species can have over 20,000. But that’s not even the most shocking part: The teeth of an aquatic snail called the limpet are the strongest known biological material on Earth, even stronger than titanium!
Snails are almost completely blind and they don’t have any mechanism of hearing sounds either.
With the kind of sensory deprivation their sense of smell is extraordinary.
They can apparently locate food from as far away as a few metres, which for an animal of their minuscule dimensions is quite the distance.
If we talk about their lifespan, snails can live up to 5 years on an average. Whereas there are some species which can live for about 25 years or more.
Snails have a long muscle which helps them to grip along the walls. It is not visible but snails move along on a single foot.
Snails have slime or mucus which helps them in moving with less friction. Even after having such a feature they are still the slowest creature on this planet.
The slime snails leave behind them is edible. Yes, you can eat that slime. According to scientific research, this slime is useful in treating stomach ulcers.
Snails are deaf and blind. They don’t have eyes or any mechanism for hearing purpose. But snails have a good sense of smell.