Some people might wonder, “What is a snail?” 

A snail is a mollusk, which is a group of animals that includes squid and octopus. More specifically, they are gastropods, which is a smaller group of animals that includes slugs.

Their main features are a shell, a foot, and two eyestalks.

Some people might wonder, “Why are snails important?” 

Snails are important because they consume dead and decaying vegetation, and help to decompose it. This returns the minerals to the environment as compost, so other forms of life can use the minerals to grow.

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Snails have no backbone.

Snails are very fragile, and can break easy. Handle snails carefully.

Snail facts:

There are over 60,000 species of snails in the world.

Snails range from 0.68 cm to 70 cm in size.

Snails weigh from 25 g to 45 g. 

Snails top speed is 0.03 mph.

Wild snails live from 3 to 7 years.

Snails in captivity can live up to 25 years!

Common garden snails are fragile, and can break easy, however, they are NOT poisonous.

Many sea snails are VERY poisonous!

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