Snail Love

CarolM

San Bernardino, United States

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Here is something interesting I learned about snails recently that I didn’t know. I thought it would be fun to create an image portraying snail love after being inspired by this information.

When snails decide to get romantic, they don’t turn on Barry White to get in the mood. Nor do they give each other chocolates or roses. Instead, one partner stabs the other with a so-called “love dart,” a sharp dart produced by the snail’s body. Talk about romantic. Could this be where the idea of cupid came from?

About a third of all snail species manufacture these darts that are either made of calcium carbonate, ( essentially chalk) or chitinous (made of or chitin, the stuff of insect exoskeletons).The snails literally stab these darts into their partners. If interested you can learn more about the purpose of the love darts by going to this website where I learned about snail love.

http://www.livescience.com/27132-snail-mating-l...

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