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Interesting facts about snails

  • The common garden snail has a fleshy mouth and a sharp, hard jaw with thousands of tiny teeth covering its tongue. Snails produce slime to help them glide safely across surfaces.
  • Snails are hermaphrodites, that is, they are both male and female, but they still need to mate to produce fertile eggs.
  • Each snail may lay two hundred to four hundred eggs every season, in clumps of about forty, in a protective layer of slime in damp soil.
  • It takes two years for a snail to reach maturity, and it can live for eight years.

Teacher resource for investigating Garden Snails. (Although this is not a New Zealand based resource, it is still a very useful tool for teachers)