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snail,

name commonly used for a gastropodgastropod,
member of the class Gastropoda, the largest and most successful class of mollusks (phylum Mollusca), containing over 35,000 living species and 15,000 fossil forms.
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 mollusk with a shell. Included in the thousands of species are terrestrial, freshwater, and marine forms. Some eat both plant and animal matter; others eat only one type of food. Respiration is carried on by gills in the aquatic species; terrestrial forms have a pulmonary sac, or lung, in the mantle cavity. A few terrestrial species have returned to the sea, and consequently must rise to the surface to breathe. Eyes are borne on stalks or tentacles. Many snails, including all land snails, are hermaphroditic, but the majority of the marine species have separate sexes. A snail secretes a slimy path over which it progresses slowly by rhythmic contractions of the muscular base, or foot. Marine and terrestrial snails are eaten in various parts of the world. Snails are considered a delicacy in Europe and were eaten by primitive man and raised for food by the Romans. Certain harmful freshwater species harbor flukes and other parasites that cause disease in humans. Although some land snails cause economic losses by destroying vegetation, even more harm is done to gardens by slugsslug,
name for a terrestrial gastropod mollusk in which the characteristic molluscan shell is reduced to a thin plate embedded in the tissues. Like the terrestrial snails of the same order, slugs have a distinct head with a mouth, tentacles bearing eyes, and a lung for breathing
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. Snails are classified in the phylum MolluscaMollusca
, taxonomic name for the one of the largest phyla of invertebrate animals (Arthropoda is the largest) comprising more than 50,000 living mollusk species and about 35,000 fossil species dating back to the Cambrian period.
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, class Gastropoda.

What does it mean when you dream about a snail?

We often association snails with slowness, and a dream about snails could relate to our sense of something moving as a “snail’s pace” or a communication arriving via “snail mail.” Alternatively, as an animal with a hard shell, a snail can represent someone’s psychological shell.

snail

[snāl]
(invertebrate zoology)
Any of a large number of gastropod mollusks distinguished by a spiral shell that encloses the body, a head, a foot, and a mantle.

snail

symbol of deliberation and steadfastness. [Heraldry: Halberts, 38]

snail

1. any of numerous terrestrial or freshwater gastropod molluscs with a spirally coiled shell, esp any of the family Helicidae, such as Helix aspersa (garden snail)
2. any other gastropod with a spirally coiled shell, such as a whelk
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This information could also be used to avoid creating preferred habitats for the establishment of these snails.
The Isle of Barra snails have been added to the Ark of Taste, the international catalogue of endangered heritage foods.
Despite the reputation Korean beauty products developed in regards to snail slime, the Bascunan family of Chile, who sold snails for food to the French in the 1980s, is probably credited with discovering the slime's benefits.
The ancient Greeks and Romans used snails for beauty treatments.
You can find snails in most gardens, parks or green spaces, hiding under leafy green plants or in trees.
Mark out a circle and watch as your snails 'race' to the finish
There are no actual snails buried in the cream, but rather the fluids they secrete that are mixed.
Even hippos, lemurs and wildebeests beat out snails in the favorite animal department.
Total protein composition of young and adult Biomphalaria alexandrina snails with different compatibilities to Schistosoma mansoni infection
The small Alycaeidae land snails of Asia grow what looks like a tiny breathing tube curling partway along the outside of their shells.
So that, many studies exploring life cycles and factors regulating activities were carried out on some edible land snails [20].
Snails, on the other hand, are perhaps more of an acquired taste - but don't be surprised if you spot more of the shelled slimers slithering onto a plate near you soon.