Snails and slugs are both mollusks meaning they are soft-bodied animals that lack a backbone. Both snails and slugs have a head with eyes and a mouth and a foot that helps them move along. The main difference between snails and slugs is that snails have a shell while slugs do not.
The shell of a snail is like a house that protects them from predators and the environment. The shell also helps the snail to stay moist as they need to be in order to survive. Slugs on the other hand do not have a shell. This means that they are more vulnerable to predators and the environment but it also means that they can squeeze into tighter spaces.
So while snails and slugs may look similar the presence (or lack) of a shell is a big difference between these two animals.
Are snails just slugs with shells?
No snails and slugs are two different types of creatures.
Snails have a shell that they can retreat into while slugs do not.
How do snails move?
Snails move by using a muscular foot to propel themselves forward in a slimy trail.
What do snails eat?
Snails are herbivores and eat a variety of plants and vegetables.
How long do snails live?
The lifespan of a snail depends on the species but most snails live between 2 and 5 years.
Do snails have eyes?
Yes snails have eyes but they are very small and often cannot be seen.
How do snails reproduce?
Most snails are hermaphrodites meaning they have both male and female reproductive organs.
What is the shell of a snail made of?
The shell of a snail is made of calcium carbonate and is often used as a source of food for other animals.
Do all snails have shells?
No not all snails have shells.
Some species of snail such as the garden snail have lost their shells through the course of evolution.
What is the purpose of a snail’s shell?
The shell of a snail provides protection from predators and the elements.
How do snails move their shells?
Snails move their shells by using muscles to contracting and expanding their bodies.
What is the scientific name for snails?
The scientific name for snails is Gastropoda.
How many species of snail are there?
There are over 60000 species of snail.
Where do snails live?
Snails can be found in a variety of habitats including forests deserts and grasslands.
What is the largest species of snail?
The largest species of snail is the African giant snail which can grow up to 30 cm in length.
What is the smallest species of snail?
The smallest species of snail is the Jamaican land snail which only grows to be about 1 cm in length.