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|The name snail applies to most members of the molluscan class Gastropoda that have coiled shells. Snails are found in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial environments. Most are of herbivorous nature, though a few land species and many marine species may be omnivores or carnivores. Other gastropods, which lack a conspicuous shell, are commonly called slugs, and are scattered throughout groups that primarily include snails. While most people are familiar with only terrestrial snails, the majority of snails are not terrestrial. Snails with lungs belong to the group Pulmonata, while those with gills form a paraphyletic group.|
Snails move by alternating body contractions with stretching, with a proverbially low speed.They produce mucus in order to aid locomotion by reducing friction. The mucus also reduces the snail's risk of injury. Snails also have a Mantle that covers the internal organ which is called a foot.
As the snail grows, so does its calcium carbonate shell. A snail's shell forms a logarithmic spiral; most are right-handed, meaning that the whorl is on the right hand side of the shell. At some point, the snail builds a lip around the opening of the shell, stops growing, and begins reproducing.
The shells of snails and other molluscs, and snail egg casings, are primarily made up of calcium carbonate. Because of this, they need calcium in their diet and a watery environment to produce a strong shell. A lack of calcium, or low pH in their surroundings, can cause thin, cracked, or perforated shells. Usually a snail can repair damage to its shell over time if its living conditions improve, but severe damage can be fatal.
Snails have a pair of eyestalks right above their pair of feelers. Eyestalks have the snail's eyes on their ends, which are roughly 130% of the thickness of the eyestalks. The feelers, hence their name, are used by the snail to detect obstacles before it runs into them, as its eyesight is not very good. Both the feelers and the eyestalks are retractable.
Info from Wikipedia.
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- [2007-03-06 18:52]
Very nice capture, Can!
The sharp details are great! Colours and background perfect!
This is a very good looking handsome snail!
Good job of capturing in detail the textures both of the body and the shell.
- [2007-03-07 2:47]
The sharp details are great, wonderful snail with splendid colours and lovely pose, what a lovely nature! Very well seen!
good closeup of this snail. i like the tight crop. good against the clear green background. looks slimy.. yuck!
Merhaba Can, wonderful snail with splendid colors and lovely details, great focus and beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio
- [2007-07-24 16:02]
preciosa macro y detalles excelentes,
buen pov,y sensacional nitidez,
amazing colors this snail!!
just one little critique for the focus ( a little bit soft)