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What's a group of snails called?

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A group of snails can be referred to as a rout, walk or escargatoire of snails. The word snail is used for thousands of animal species in the gastropod mollusk family.

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What's a group of snails called?
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Snails are mollusks with a shell, which usually has a spiral or coiled shape. A snail moves slowly by rhythmically contracting its muscular base, or foot, and secretes a slimy path. Snails' eyes are on stalks or tentacles. Different species of snails live on land, in freshwater and in the sea. All land snails are hermaphroditic, while most marine snails have separate sexes. Snails are considered a delicacy in parts of Europe.

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