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 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 >
Snails reproduce by laying eggs. All snails have the ability to fertilize and carry eggs, not just the female, which enables far more eggs to be delivered.Full Answer >
Snails can be divided into two categories when discussing manners of breathing: those with lungs and those with gills. Pulmonate (lung) snails assimilate oxygen through the thin wall ("lung") of their mantel cavity. Other snails breathe using gills.Full Answer >
Snails consist of thousands of different species and consume a wide variety of different diets, although most land snails are herbivorous. For example, the common garden snail consumes cultivated plants, including citrus, while the geography cone snail is a predator of fish. Some snails even prey upon other snails.Full Answer >