the travels & travails of an escaped lab rat

Animals: Snail

Snail is the common name for most of the members of the molluscan class, gastropoda, which develop coiled shells in their adult stage (those that do not have a shell — or a very small one — are called slugs).

Snails thrive in a diverse range of environments, from ditches to sea floors. Most snails are actually marine in nature, and terrestrial snails are the minority when compared to their aquatic cousins.

Normally, I’m not on the lookout for animals such as these, and unfortunately, I’m only aware of them after I’ve heard that terrible crunch coming from underfoot while I’m hiking.

Such was the case with these particularly colorful examples, which I only stopped to notice after treading over a dozen of their more unlucky fellows moments before. Just shows to go ya that beauty can be found in the most unlikely of places.

I did come away from that encounter craving garlic butter and bread though…

We say, “Eww.” The French say, “Escargot.”

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Posted in Things by madsci on June 4th, 2010 at 6:01 pm.

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