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Helix pomatia

Helix pomatia
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Copyright: Ungureanu Liviu (Apashu) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 126] (937)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-14
Categories: Molluscs
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-16 9:31
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Helix pomatia, common names the Burgundy snail, Roman snail, edible snail or escargot, is a species of large, edible, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Helicidae.

This species is frequently farmed, and is called by the French name escargot when it is used in cooking.

This type of snail is hermaphroditic, thus they have little trouble selecting mates. They breed from two to six times per year, and produce from eight to thirty offspring. The gestation period ranges from three to four weeks. They reach their full sexual maturity at two to four years. There are ultimately five steps of mating:
With their heads up, snails circle each other and feel one another with their tentacles.
After becoming stimulated, one of the snails injects a calcareous “love-dart” into the sole of the other snail. Once it becomes exhausted, the other snail does the same thing.
After resting, they align in such a way that their genital openings overlap. This act further stimulates the snails.
The two snails twist their bodies around one another so that the penis and vagina are connected. One snail receives a spermatophore in a process that takes four to seven minutes.
In the final stage, the penis is removed. However, the two snails can remain attached with their feet together for several hours.
During estivation or hibernation this species creates a calcareous epiphragm in order to seal the opening of the shell.

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