Animals of the world, Garden snail

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  • Garden snail (Cornu aspersum) is native to the Mediterranean area and Western Europe, but whether deliberately or accidentally, humans have spread it to temperate and subtropical areas worldwide
  • Cornu aspersum, known by the common name garden snail, is a species of land snail
  • The body is soft and slimy, brownish-grey, and the animal retracts itself entirely into the shell when inactive or threatened
  • The shell is variable in colouring and shade of colour, but generally, it has a reticulated pattern of dark brown, brownish-golden, or chestnut with yellow stripes, flecks, or streaks
  • The shell of Cornu aspersum is almost always right-coiled, but exceptional left-coiled specimens are also known
  • The head bears four tentacles; the upper two are larger and bear eye-like light sensors, and the lower two are tactile and olfactory sense organs.
  • The snail secretes thixotropic adhesive mucus that permits locomotion by rhythmic waves of contraction passing forward within its muscular “foot”
  • The snail moves at a top speed of 1.3 centimetres per second
  • It feeds on numerous types of fruit trees, vegetable crops, rose bushes, garden flowers, and cereals
  • During dry or cold weather it seals the aperture of the shell with a thin membrane of dried mucus, it helps the snail retain moisture and protects it from small predators such as some ants

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