Snails are born out of white/yellow eggs from their mother or father, as snails are hermaphrodites, and hatch approximately 2 or 4 weeks after being laid. For the baby snails to hatch, the weather has to be the perfect mix of warm and damp weather.Know More
The weather is particularly good for snail births between February and October every year, which is when the majority of snails are born. Snails lay their eggs in the ground around 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep and begin laying eggs at approximately 6 weeks to 5 years of age, depending on the snail species.
Snails are able to produce a lot of offspring and will conceive between 100 and 400 eggs depending on the species. Only a small number of the eggs will actually make it to full maturity as snails are often eaten by predators or washed away by rain. Baby snails are unable to protect themselves as they do not have a shell hard enough to deter all predators and they are slow moving. Baby snails are born with shells, but they are fragile and soft. As they get calcium in their body, the shell will begin to harden. This is why baby snails always eat the shell of the egg that they came from because it is a rich source of calcium.Learn more about Slugs & Snails
Snails in captivity can live up to 25 years, although an average of 10 to 15 years is more common, while those in the wild live between 2 and 7 years depending on the species. Snails in the wild are at risk from predators, especially humans who enjoy eating a variety of snails.Full Answer >
Snails do not have teeth like humans or mammals. Instead, like most mollusks, snails have radulas, which look like tongues in the snail's mouth. The radulas have tiny teeth on them, used for gripping and grinding food. A radula's appearance is often used by scientists to identify and classify snails.Full Answer >
Snails live in many different habitats and can be found in deserts, water environments, ditches, forests and marshes. Even when they live in hot environments, snails try to find shady areas. They are out more frequently when it is cloudy or at nighttime.Full Answer >
Snails have many natural predators, including beetles, mites, millipedes, flies and other insects, as well as small mammals, such as mice and squirrels. A number of amphibian species, including toads and turtles, and ground-foraging birds, such as blackbirds and grouse, are also predators of snails.Full Answer >