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16 Stunning Closeup Photos of Tiny Snails

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1. Snails are small gastropod mollusks that live on land or water.

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2. Many snails live in both the land AND the water.

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3. Snails crawl by moving on their strong muscular foot.

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4. They are mostly herbivores, and eat a variety of different plant foods.

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5. Most snails are hermaphrodites with a full set of reproductive organs of both sexes.

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6. Snails secrete mucus to help move themselves along.

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7. The mucus actually allows them to crawl over sharp objects without injury.

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8. Baby snails hatch from an egg with a small shell already in place.

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9. Some snails hibernate in the winter.

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10. Some also estivate - it's like hibernation, but during times of drought.

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11. Snails may live anywhere from about 2 years in the wild to 15 years in captivity.

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12. A snail's shell grows as the snail does, with new material added to the edge.

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13. The shell at the center, then, is as old as the snail is, while the shell near the edge is newer.

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14. A snail's shell forms a logarithmic spiral, which is too complicated to explain here.

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15. These lovely photos of snails were taken by Vyacheslav Mishchenko.

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16. Now you know some info about snails - and how cute they are!

Photos from Vyacheslav Mishchenko's website. H/t Distractify

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