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Freshwater snails by main1

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The word snail is a common name for almost all members of the molluscan class Gastropoda that have coiled shells in the adult stage. When the word snail is used in a general sense, it includes sea snails, land snails and freshwater snails. Snails lacking a shell or having only a very small one are usually called slugs. Snails that have a broadly conical shell that is not coiled or appears not to be coiled are often known as limpets.

The class of Gastropoda (the snails and slugs) is second only to insects in terms of total number of species. Snails are extraordinarily diverse in habitat, form, behavior, and anatomy. Therefore, what is true of one snail species may not be true of another.

Snails can be found in a wide range of environments from ditches, deserts, and the abyssal depths of the sea. Although most people are familiar with terrestrial snails, land snails are in the minority. Marine snails have much greater diversity and a greater biomass. The great majority of snail species are marine. Numerous kinds can be found in fresh water and even brackish water. Many snails are herbivorous, though a few land species and many marine species are omnivores or predatory carnivores.


  • Samantha Dean
    Samantha Deanabout 6 years ago

    Fabulous shot and very informative description!!! Well done!! :-)

  • Thank you so much Samantha : )))

    – main1

  • Simon Muirhead
    Simon Muirheadabout 6 years ago

    awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you need to come to aus and teach me macro :P lol x

  • Ok I’ll stop by later ; ) Thank you so much Mister : ))))

    – main1

  • ej29
    ej29about 6 years ago

    Great info and a wonderful macro but they make my skin crawl LOL!!! wonderful shot!!!

  • lol Thank you so very much : ))

    – main1

  • CarolM
    CarolMabout 6 years ago

    Great macro and such interesting data. Well done!

  • Thank you so much Carol : )))))

    – main1

  • Grant Scollay
    Grant Scollayabout 6 years ago

    Ahh! Double decker Snails. Great photo and a very educational description

  • Hi Grant : )) Thank you so very much for commenting : ))))

    – main1

  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryabout 6 years ago

    Your pictures always amaze me, Marleia. Every detail is perfect, precise, crystal clear.

  • Hello Bonnie : ) Thank you so much!! I am waiting for spring so I can get back out there!! : ))

    – main1

  • Trevor Needham
    Trevor Needhamabout 6 years ago

    Great shot Marleia, and thanks for the immensely informative description – I learned something today about snails so my time definitely was not wasted! (My motto is “Make sure you learn at least one new thing every day”! I think I might put that on my profile page!)

  • Learning something new everyday is important(my motto too ; )!! Thank you so very much for commenting : ))

    – main1

  • Steve Bulford
    Steve Bulfordabout 6 years ago

    How cool – what great detail!

  • Thank you so much Mr. Bulford : ))

    – main1

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 6 years ago

    Lazy bum, awesome close up, color and detail. Great write up also

  • Thank you so much Byron : )) Yes he/she was a lazy snail : ) Patiently waiting for spring to come!!

    – main1

  • Pete Costick
    Pete Costickabout 6 years ago

    Great image Marleia, but I guess not quite so fast moving as our other favourite subjects, spiders and bugs. Hope to speak to you soon :)

  • No not that fast!! I am soooo ready to see my spiders and bugs again!!! You are getting some snow over there huh?? We will speak soon!! : ))

    – main1

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