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Grape snails - where they live and how long they live, what benefits and harm they bring to people

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Snails have been living on Earth for more than 600 thousand years. And if you are interested in how much they live in nature and how much they can live at home, then everything depends on their species and on the environment.

For example, the largest snail in the world - Achatina giant (lat. Achatina fulica) - in natural conditions can live for about 6-7 years. It lives in Africa, where it is considered a pest. The dimensions can reach a little more than 20 cm in length and 10 cm in height. But how long the Achatina snail lives at home depends on the temperature of its content and on what the snail is fed (do they give it a varied diet, receive all the necessary elements for their growth and for the growth of the cockleshell). Also important is the substrate on which the snail lives, and the size of the aquarium in which it lives. Many owners live up to 10 years.

The largest snail in Europe - the snail (Latin Helix pomatia) - lives in nature for about 7-8 years. If nobody eats it, then it can live up to 10 years. Often the snail is eaten by shrews, moles, hedgehogs, and these snails are also used as food and people. At home, a snail can live up to 30 years. There are whole farms in France, Italy, Spain and several other European countries for raising such snails.

Such a snail as an ampullary (Latin Pomacea bridgesii), now very often can be seen in aquariums around the world. She is able to clean the walls of the aquarium and crawls beautifully on it. Ampullaria from South America (Amazon River and its tributaries). The lifespan of these snails depends on the water temperature of the aquarium. At low temperatures (18–20 ° C) the snail can live up to 4 years. And at higher (26–28 ° C) - up to a year. Temperatures below 18 ° C and above 28 ° C are not recommended.

Rainbow snails (lat. Liguus virgineus) - snails with a beautiful, colored shell. They live on various islands (Haiti, Espalola) in the Caribbean. These bright snails live up to 25 years. Rainbow snails constantly live in the trees and feed on moss, fungi and microalgae.

Sphincterochila boissieri is a white snail originally from the Middle East (Israel) and the Sinai Peninsula (Egypt). Dwells usually in limestone soils. Such a snail lives for 3–4 years in good conditions for itself.

Habitat

Mollusks are popular in meadows, forests, gardens with limestone or chalky soils, which have alkaline reactions. If conditions are unfavorable, the weather is dry, the animal hides under the shade of plants, stones, or buries itself in wet moss.

In winter, a snail may hibernate, which lasts about 90 days.

Before falling into anabiosis, it is attached to the substrate in the lower part and rolled up inside the shell. Then the hole between the surface of the soil and the edges of the mouth is tightened with a film that hardens and temporarily turns to stone like a shell.

How many grape snails live

Mature individuals can live in natural conditions for 9-11 years. However, history also knows long-lived mollusks, which lived for about 20 years. But it is rather a rarity. At home, the conditions for long-term existence easier. Therefore, the snail can please the owner to 15 years. The oldest bonded pet was 35 years old at the time of death.

It is interesting that in case of unforeseen circumstances the animal is able to stand up for itself and restore the shell and damaged parts of the body, for example, the head, within 2-3 weeks.

What harm from a snail is it so small?

In some states, gastropods have fallen into disfavor with the authorities. They are forbidden to maintain and, especially, to breed in Southeast Asia and the States. And if someone dares to do the breeding, you can go to jail for several years. Such an attitude to shellfish is due to the fact that they are capable of destroying the fruits of agriculture.

And in the same America, at some point, they began to mass exterminate them altogether. The snails became so numerous that they began to attack people's homes, devouring plaster from the walls to feed their shell. In addition, agricultural crops, the bark of trees were destroyed. Therefore, even nowadays it is better to keep silent about your love for mollusks in the USA, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

In the south of Russia, animals also represent harm to local gardeners. They are able to destroy the fruit, and in the winter - to settle in the cellars, where it is wet and full of food. There are several types of gastropods that take care of the gardens. Grape snail - among them. She can eat berries when they are ripe - raspberries, currants, strawberries. Some species live on fruit seedlings or in the ground.

Grape snail - good for man

In countries where snails are in abundance, they serve man both as food, as a cosmetologist, and as a source of deliverance from many ailments:

  • ophthalmic diseases
  • problems of the musculoskeletal system,
  • diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

In cosmetology mucus of animals is common. It improves skin regeneration, promotes the production of collagen, improves microcirculation.

Their meat is considered a delicacy in the Mediterranean countries. And the dishes made from these mollusks are delicious, rich in protein, calories. The composition of the snail meat 70% protein, and the remaining 30% - amino acids. They are cooked in different ways, but the most delicious dishes are obtained by boiling and baking grape snails.

The French believe that the recipes on the basis of snails contribute to increasing potency. In addition, the meat of these animals is useful for the elderly and pregnant, as well as for all who need elevated calcium and protein.

Content

Love dance
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In summer, the grape snail prefers thickets, light forest edges, parks, gardens, preferably near the reservoir. It prefers limestone soils, this is due to the fact that calcium salts are necessary to build a shell. Conducts a twilight or nocturnal lifestyle, preferring high humidity. The activity of this snail rises sharply after rain.

Oddly enough, this snail lives long. In nature, it can reach 20 years of age, naturally, if it does not hit the tooth of a predator or gardener in the garden. The enemies of this snail, besides humans, are various birds, hedgehogs, mice, weasels, some predatory insects. At home and even longer. Known case when a snail lived in a terrarium for 30 years.

Snail eats vegetable food, both fresh leaves of plants and rotten, especially loves young shoots. Her diet contains both wild and cultivated plants. These are wild strawberries, grape leaves, dandelion, burdock, cabbage and even nettle and horseradish, as well as many others. This animal is an agricultural pest, as it damages the young shoots of many cultivated plants. In some countries, the importation of this snail is prohibited.

At home, in summer, this animal can be fed on grass outside, in winter, it is easier to switch to purchased vegetables and fruits. There are cases when these snails ate the remains of animal food. Sometimes they swallow the soil, but this is more likely not food, but a method of obtaining calcium to build a shell.

Snail eggs laying
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This land snail breathes atmospheric air through the lung. Respiratory rate is low, of the order of one breath per minute, and at high humidity the total is lower. This should be taken into account when creating a terrarium, it must have gaps for ventilation. And with dry air in the room, the inner surface of the terrarium, it is necessary to spray one spray twice a day.

If the size of the terrarium allows you to create in it a shallow body of water, for example from a saucer, with a small layer of water. The main thing that the snail could get out of it, and did not drown. Putting a room for a snail in direct sunlight can not be, or they should fall on it briefly, in the morning or in the evening, when the sun does not bake.

The animal is clearly unhurried, and you should not count on running around in the terrarium. The average speed of a hurrying snail is usually up to 2 mm. per second. True, it can move both horizontally and vertically, so the terrarium should be with a lid. The snail moves on a long, stretched to 7 - 9 centimeters, flat leg, due to the wave-like contraction of muscles. To facilitate movement, glands secreting mucus are located in the front of the leg, and a slippery path remains behind the movement of the animal. From the same mucus, the cochlea forms a cap on the hole of the shell during hibernation. The mucus gradually dries out and creates a tight lid.

Breeding

Grape snail laying eggs
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Snails breed in the spring, after hibernation. Occasionally, under favorable conditions, there are periods of autumnal reproduction. This snail is a hermaphrodite, one individual can perform both male and female functions. During this period, the snails are anxious, crawling aimlessly, stopping and looking around in search of a partner.

With a found partner a slow love dance is performed. The process lasts up to 2 hours. One fertilization is enough for a year. For laying eggs, the snail digs a hole or uses natural cavities in the soil. The walls of the nest are carefully tamped and the parent lays up to 40 light, small, 4 - 7 mm. in diameter, eggs. After this, the mink diligently falls asleep. After laying, up to 30% of snails die. About a month later, and under favorable conditions and earlier, young snails appear. Outwardly, they look like parents, only much smaller, and after a week they get to the surface, and begin an independent life with a search for food. Under favorable conditions, they grow very quickly, but because of the abundance of enemies and the lack of the ability to defend themselves, only every twentieth snail reaches an adult state.

Until now, the snail, in some countries - Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, bred on farms for cooking or for export. Snail meat dietary, contains 10% protein, 5% carbohydrates, 30% fat, quite a lot of vitamins and minerals.

Natural enemies of the snail are hedgehogs, shrews, lizards, moles and some other animals. Also natural enemies are various types of crawling beetles that can crawl inside a snail through a respiratory hole, and some species of predatory snails.

The grape snail is the enemy of agriculture. First of all, because it feeds on young shoots of agricultural crops, in particular grapes. In a number of countries is subject to extermination. In some countries, in particular the countries of North and South America, the importation of grape snails is prohibited.

It is interesting

The grape snail is depicted on the coat of arms of the Swiss commune Zell (Zurich). Symbolic meaning is not clear. It is known that for the first time the image appeared in 1845 on the lantern of the village fire service (perhaps as a distinctive sign for the high responsiveness of the service). Then in 1930 the commune adopted the coat of arms.

Application in cosmetology

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Snails are used for cosmetic purposes. On their basis, make a special serum and creams that help improve the structure of the skin.

Snail mucus helps to improve the production of elastin and collagen. She also restores blood microcirculation and helps even out the complexion. Funds prepared on the basis of mucus are used to recover from procedures that involve damage to the skin, for example, after peeling.

In some beauty salons, masters offer an unusual procedure when a giant snail is placed on the client's face, which covers all with mucus. After this procedure, the skin is rejuvenated and moisturized.

Cooking Application

Grape snail only in the XX century began to be considered a delicacy. For millennia, snails, like other shellfish, were common food for the inhabitants of the coastal regions of Europe. From early spring to late autumn, snails were gathered on beaches, in gardens, in vineyards. They were a salvation for the poor and a delicacy for the nobility. Today, grape snails can be found not only on warm European shores, but also in Ukraine, Belarus, and central regions of Russia. Heliculture is well developed in the Mediterranean countries - the cultivation of edible snails on special farms. In Russia, snails are bred only in the Kaliningrad region.

As for the usefulness of snail meat, there can be no doubt: only 90 calories per 100 g, only 2-3% fat, and that consists of unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, no cholesterol and as much as 15% protein. Snail meat is rich in magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins A, E and group B. It is not surprising that snails are considered a powerful aphrodisiac, comparable only with oysters.

Snail Recipes
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Let's start with a simple one: how to cook snails in a quick way. This information will be especially useful for tourists who, when they meet snails suddenly, will be able to diversify their meager diet. It happens that for some reason, snails begin a massive migration and crawl out into the hundreds by the roads. With luck, in half an hour you can get a few kilograms of snails, and after another 10-15 minutes to get a delicious and satisfying lunch. To do this, lay snails in the shells with holes up on the grate over the coals, salt, pepper, pour a little oil into the holes, or put a piece of bacon. Bake the snails for about 10 minutes. Ready snails pick out a toothpick and separate the meat from the entrails.

There is a more humane, tasty and clean way of cooking snails in hiking conditions. To do this, you need to prepare a few liters of boiling water. We lower the grape snails into boiling water and cook for a very short time - 3-5 minutes after boiling again. The purpose of this procedure is to quickly clear snails of mucus and facilitate their removal from the shells. Extracted snails should be trimmed, leaving only the fleshy "head". Next, we act according to circumstances. You can continue cooking the snails in fresh salted boiled water with vegetables and get a full-fledged soup, or you can fry snails in lard or vegetable oil together with onions and garlic - you will get a delicious snack that tastes like mushrooms and white meat.

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This recipe can be attributed to the classic French dishes. For the preparation of this delicacy you will need: prepared snails - about 50 pcs., Garlic - 15 g, shallots - 15-17 g, parsley - 20 g, butter - 1 pack (200-250 g), ground black pepper, breadcrumbs .

Initially, proceed to skip through a garlic press, then cut the onion and parsley. In principle, you can not suffer and grind blender. Add salt and pepper to them, as well as softened butter.

Grape snails should be already prepared (that is, each should be separated from the house, and the shell should be boiled in soda solution and dried). We take the shell and put the clam in it, then send the same piece of butter with herbs, onions and garlic. It is necessary to press well, so that the snail with butter "sat" deep in the house.

Next, lay out the snails either on a baking sheet or on special containers with grooves. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and put in the oven at t = 200 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Oil should boil in the shell.

The Swiss prepare grape snails like this: already prepared snails are warmed in butter and white wine, spread over sauerkraut, add snail oil and baked in a salamander.

Salamander is a special device that gives a baked crust on the surface. Sometimes it’s not bad at all to bake on the top of the oven or under the microwave spiral. Serve them with boiled potatoes.

Snails description

Grape snail - refers to the species of land snails, and is one of the largest. Its habitat in Nature is Central and South-Eastern Europe, from where it was brought to South America. This terrestrial gastropod mollusk belongs to the order of the stalked-eyed, it has an asymmetric body, a clearly visible head and a flat broad leg. On the head of a snail there are 2 pairs of tentacles and 1 pair of eyes. The shell of the mollusk is curved in the form of a spiral, and forms 4-5 turns. Snails breathe light, therefore, can not live in water. As a rule, the color of the mollusk is monochromatic, yellowish-orange. The shell height is 45 millimeters, and the width is 46-47 millimeters, but the weight is from 22 to 45 grams (it all depends on how and what you will feed your grape snail).

With proper care, the mollusk's life expectancy is 6-8 years, however, in Sweden a case was registered when a snail lived for as many as ... 35 years. Impressive age for such a pet.

By the way, grape snails are called great, lids, burgundy, apple, roman, moon and edible ...
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Where do snails live in Nature

Snail body structure

Если вы хотите создать для своего необычного питомца комфортные условия в своём доме, вам не помешает знать, где же обитают виноградные улитки в Природе. Итак, средой их обитания являются долины и горы, опушки лиственных лесов, парки, луга, овраги, которые поросли кустарниками, виноградники, почвы, имеющие щелочную реакцию. In dry weather, these moisture-loving creatures hide under stones, in the shade of plants, or burrow into the moss. If abnormally high temperatures are outside, then they become lethargic and may even fall into a state of stupor - something akin to hibernation, but as soon as the rains begin, the snail gets out of the shell and becomes active again. So, you have to try to create such comfortable conditions for her at home.

It is not only heat that can plunge a snail into a state of stupor, but also its decline. So, at a temperature of 9-12 degrees above zero Celsius, it can already hibernate, and, in hibernation, snails can fall both individually and in whole snail colonies, buried in the soil to a depth of 5-10 centimeters.

During hibernation, the snail loses up to about 10% of its weight, however, it quickly recovers lost grams in a few weeks after its awakening.

In the spring, as soon as it gets a little warmer outside, the snails wake up. By the way, according to experts, snails are able to tolerate lower temperatures - they can live for several hours and at a temperature of -7 degrees below zero.

Given the characteristics of a comfortable temperature regime for these mollusks, it is not surprising that snails spend most of their lives in a state of hibernation and torpor, and are only awake 4-5 months a year.

The enemies of these mollusks in Nature are mice, hedgehogs, predatory insects, toads and frogs, weasels, skunks, birds, lizards and other types of snails - so if someone of your future pet listed above lives in your house - think about it , and is it worth it to start, will you be able to ensure his safety, or will he become someone's lunch or dinner ...

What grape snails eat in Nature

Like the previous paragraph, we suggest you familiarize yourself with the diet of grape snails in a free habitat. This information will become for you a peculiar reference point that will help you to know what it is worth including in the menu of your clam, and which is better to refuse. So,

snails, especially herbivorous creatures, they eat green grass, leaves, and can feed on humus.

According to experts, in such an exclusively vegetarian diet of grape snails, there are more than 30 species of wild as well as cultivated plants. You will have to provide her with such a diet if you take responsibility for her life. By the way, an interesting fact about the nutrition of snails - for feeding, they prefer to go out at night, and indeed, mostly they are nocturnal. To this feature of snails, you will have to either adapt or try to rebuild the regime of the day of the clam for yourself.
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Where to keep a grape snail at home

So, you still decided to have this pet in your home. There are some advantages in the neighborhood with it, and you cannot argue with it - noiseless, not annoying, calm, your snail will not cause you any trouble, spoil your property, and you will not worry about whether you manage to walk it after work. But, in this neighborhood there are some difficulties. In particular, you should take care of purchasing a special terrarium or aquarium for your snail. It can be both plastic and glass, have a large bottom area and be well ventilated. Down, at the bottom of the terrarium, it is recommended to put a wet mixture of earth and granulated activated carbon, in the ratio of 6.5 liters to 1 liter. But, make sure that this mixture is slightly moist, but not wet, as the snail can drown in wet and viscous dirt.

Such a terrarium you have to constantly clean, especially paying attention to the glass and other decorative items, which will be covered with mucus of a snail. In order for your pet to feel comfortable in his home, you will need to provide him with an appropriate temperature regime - during the day, the temperature should be 20-22 degrees above zero Celsius, and at night it should drop to 19 degrees. If you forget about temperature regulation, and it falls below 7 degrees inside the terrarium, your snail will hibernate, from which it will be difficult to withdraw. As a terrarium lighting it is better to use fluorescent lamps, with the help of which you will create a 12-hour light day for your pet, thereby adjusting the cochlea's day mode to you. Humidity inside the terrarium should be in the range of 85-95%.

As for the interior design and the mandatory elements of the decor, in addition to plants, stones, pieces of limestone, halves of pipes (they will become a shelter for the snail), it will not hurt to put into it a small artificial reservoir in which you will change the water at least once a day .
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How to feed a snail at home

Snail meal

Feel free to give fruits, vegetables, plant leaves and grass to your homemade clam. In principle, in their vegetarian diet, snails are omnivorous. The main thing is to remove remnants of food from the terrarium in time so that they do not spoil and do not start to rot. As for additional vitamins and mineral supplements, be sure to put calcium in the terrarium - it is necessary for the cochlea for health, and without it it will not be active.
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Breeding snails

First of all, you should be aware that snails are naturally hermaphroditic. Based on this information, you can not really bother about who you are - male or female, and who you need to acquire, so that you have a family of snails. By the way, after mating, snails can retain their spermatophores for 12 months.

The breeding season in them begins in March-June, however, sometimes snails lay eggs and repeatedly - this happens in early autumn.

They reach the period of puberty by the age of 12-18 months; you should not think about the progeny from your snails before.
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Necessary conditions for breeding snails

If you decide to breed grape snails, then you will need to get not only the male and female mollusks, but also organize a special adjustable terrarium, in which the substrate thickness at the bottom will be at least 7 centimeters, and the soil moisture will be 80%, at soil temperature 21 degrees In order to stimulate the reproduction of snails in such conditions, you can increase the duration of their daylight hours to 18 hours. True, it is not necessary to expect that you will become a witness of how it all happens. The pairing itself, and the laying of eggs, which occurs through the intestines into a natural shelter or into a hole dug in advance, occurs at night. At a time, a snail can lay up to 40 white eggs, like pearls, 4-7 millimeters in diameter. After the laying, it falls asleep hole and from this moment begins the countdown of the incubation period, which lasts 3-4 weeks.

It is noteworthy that many growers note that the breeding season depletes the body of the parents of snails, and after termination of the clutch, up to 1/3 of the mollusks die.

Care for small snails

The tiny ones are born

3-4 weeks after laying eggs from them young snails are born with small smooth and transparent shells, which have only 1.5 curls. After 7-10 days, the kids leave their nest and crawl out onto the surface of the terrarium in search of food, which for them can be a mixture of grated vegetables, fruits and lettuce leaves. By the way

Do not forget immediately after the snails have finished laying eggs, return them to their parental terrarium so that they do not harm their young offspring.

In order for snails to grow quickly and develop well (only 5% of those born will reach puberty - the others die due to improper care), you should create a light day for them for 8 hours, gradually increasing it. After 3 put on, when the snails finally get out on the surface of the substrate, it will need to be replaced, and in the terrarium itself to be cleaned. When the snails will be 6 weeks old and they will become completely independent in order to stand up for themselves - you can plant them with your parents. As a rule, by this time their sizes will be 4-5 times larger than at the time of their birth, and they will already look like adult mollusks.

Snail Diseases

Diseases of grape snails, in principle, are the same as those of the Achatina snails. And, in order to prevent their development, it is recommended to maintain cleanliness in the terrarium - this will reduce the risk of mollusks becoming infected with nematodes, ticks, pathogenic organisms, monitor the balanced diet of mollusks - not to give them food of animal origin, sweet, flour, spicy, salty and fat and also to maintain comfortable temperature and light conditions for keeping snails. Then your pet will be healthy and happy by its snail standards.

Snail Video

Today we talked about the peculiarities of the maintenance of snails at home. And, is it worth to get such a pet in the house (by the way, in the Southern and Western Europe these snails are eaten, since their meat is highly nutritious and there is 1/3 more protein in it than in the composition of chicken eggs) - it’s up to you. However, when making a decision, be guided, first of all, by whether you will be able to take care of the snail properly, if you can provide it with comfortable conditions ...

If a snail lives in your house - share with us your observations on the behavior of your pet. If you're just going to have grape clams in your house - what are you going to call him? We are waiting for your stories, comments, feedback and impressions.

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Snail coil

Gastropod coil is a freshwater creature, because they inhabit reservoirs with a weak current and dense vegetation. Survives even in the most polluted waters. It is very popular among holders of aquariums, so it can serve as a filter (eats rotting plants) and does not take up much space (at home it grows up to 1 cm).

To navigate through the water, the snail is located sink down and releases accumulated air. But in order to sink to the bottom in case of danger, she throws out the remaining oxygen and falls down.
Externally, it also has a spiral shell with a visible seam. The color varies from brick to red.

Garden snail

Such a mollusk is more a pest than an assistant. For summer residents, such an inhabitant at the site causes great damage to the crop. The snail loves fresh vegetation, so that shoots, young leaves immediately suffer.
But do not forget that the gastropod garden is a great orderly, which eliminates damaged vegetation.

Among the external features in it there is nothing that distinguishes the clam from other species. During the day, he prefers to be in the shade, and in the evening he moves out to eat.

As for breeding, for the aquarium content it is unpretentious snail itself. She is all that grows in the garden.

Giant Achatina

The peculiarity of the snail in its huge shell, reaching a size of 20 cm. By weight does not exceed 500 grams. In nature, such a subspecies lives on the African continent. Natural conditions of Russia are not favorable, they die.
The snail shell has a conical shape with turns clockwise. Color predominantly brown with different shades in length. By affiliation refers to hermaphroditic individuals.

The offspring lays not less than 6 times a year for two hundred eggs. But in life expectancy, it is inferior to other species - no more than 7 years live. If the care is proper and the food quality - the figure can grow up to 10 years.

The life schedule is simple: the snail is asleep during the day, it is active during the night. If the humidity in the aquarium is high, the mollusk will stay awake during the daytime.

Snail helena

Asian freshwater inhabitant Helena stands out for its aggressiveness to their relatives. Often they are planted in an aquarium to exterminate their own kind. It can eat both live individuals and carrion.

For food, she chooses smaller or same-sized snails. The process of eating is carried out with the help of the oral cavity. The snail attaches to the shell of the victim and sucks its body. Additionally, it feeds fish food, krill.

The conical shell of yellow-striped color reaches 20 cm in length. The body is more greenish. Life expectancy is very low - not more than 2 years.
For habitat in aquariums, she prefers soft soil, fine gravel or sand to dig in.

Since Helena is a heterosexual creature, they often mate quite often, by gluing together with an individual of the opposite sex. The process may take more than one hour. As a result, the female is able to lay one egg, which develops very slowly.

Slugs in structure resemble their relatives, only without a shell. The exception is some individuals with a very tiny shell. Due to the fact that they do not have a "mobile" house, snails are forced to seek shelter with a wind and sun.
Depending on the species, they are brown, black, red and even yellow. They live everywhere where humidity is high. For wintering hiding deep in the soil.

Hermaphrodite breeds no more than once a year, but it lays up to 40 eggs. Individuals of the male sex are distinguished by a large genital, which they sometimes bite off in order to detach from the partner. Then this organ re-grows.

Buccinum (trumpeter)

Fussy aquarium snail size of 16 cm, requiring special attention. She should always have food, because she loves to eat constantly. If it is not enough - spoils the plants around.

The conditions of detention must also be special: an air cushion must necessarily be above the water, but it is advisable to install a cover — otherwise it will crawl off and die without water. Lives up to five years.

Tilomelania

Large snail and completely unpretentious. She eats everything that is (algae, fish food), and does not need special care. The only thing she needs is airspace to breathe.
Useful properties of the snail

In addition to some of the elements that are harmful to humans, the snail has many useful properties that people have long learned to use.

• Meat clam is very nutritious and healthy due to the high content of vitamins and minerals, protein.
• Mucus is used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical needs, as it has a large number of biologically active substances.
• Snails - natural antibiotics.
• Often used for therapeutic purposes. Silicosis, bronchitis and whooping cough are treated. This is achieved through a special composition, which glues the cells with bacteria.
Interesting facts about snails

Such an ancient being surprises with its capabilities. Therefore, for many centuries, people have studied them far and wide.

Therefore, there are quite a lot of interesting facts in the life of this gastropod:

• Scientists have suggested that snails have intelligence. This proves the structure of his brain - it has 4 divisions.
• To absorb food, mollusks grind it, not chew it.
• It drinks fluid not only with the mouth, but also with the body.
• Burgundy snails living in France prefer most of their lives to sleep. But when it rains, they start singing very melodiously.
• Snails are able to carry weight 10 times more than themselves.
• The shell color is adapted to the habitat.
• Scientists use nerve cells to treat brain disease.

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