A Snail with Teeth and a Foot


Joined December 2008

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Walking the tidepools of Abalone Cove found this neat dude, look at his beautiful markings! Waiting what seemed like an enternity for him to come out of his shell, as he did I could not help thinking it looked like something outof a B rated Horror flick from the 50’s , ’The Blob" or ’The Creature from Beyond" But this is as far as he got, him and his seashell home, he was placed back into the ocean to be amongst the many other amazing sea critters:=}

Most snails look different from their relatives, the limpets, abalones and chitons. Snails, shells are less streamlined. Snails are not likely to be eaten because they can hide inside their shell. The snail protects itself by withdrawing into or behind a trap door called operculum that protects it from predators and loss of water. The snail has tentacles on its head.
A snail has two teeth on the bottom edge of its shell that its uses to scrape algae from rocks. The bottom of its boneless foot acts like a sucker. A snail travels by moving part of its foot and then pulling the rest after it.
A turban snail can withdraw its whole body into its shell and close a trap-door-like plate behind it. When in its shell it is protected from predators. Snails can increase the size of their shell by taking calcium carbonate from the sea water. They deposit the calcium carbonate on the edges of their shells.

Diet algae, seaweed, plankton, mussels, and barnacles
Size two to ten centimeters
Color Many different colors and patterns.
Life Cycle The eggs are fertilized internally, then they are attached to rocks, shells, seaweed, and are sometimes placed in the sand. Some snails have both male and female organs.
Predators shorebirds, fish, lobsters, crabs, other snails, and people who collect them
Neat Facts If a turban snail gets flipped over by a wave, it can pick up pebbles with its feet, and with the extra weight it can roll over. Turban snails can live up to twenty-five years.
Types black turban snail, brown turban snail,
Relatives limpets, abalones, chitons, nudibranchs, sea hares, octopi, squid, clams, mussels, oysters, scallops

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