I have one mailbox on one of my five regular mail routes that is always covered with snails. I have yet to figure out why, but for some reason, just that one mailbox is a snail magnet. That, I cannot explain. The last time I was out there, I noticed that there was one slug in the mix of snails. So, I then questioned the relationship in my mind.  

Snails and slugs are similar animals. They both belong to a group of soft-bodied animals called mollusks, which also includes clams, squid and oysters. So, is a slug just a homeless snail? The answer, basically, is yes. The snail is similar to slugs, so they could accurately be referred to as homeless snails. 

Both snails and slugs lay clutches of eggs in the soil. Each brood consists of about 100 eggs. Some of them have been known to lay up to 500 eggs per year. Now that’s what I call productive! They are both hermaphrodites, which means they have both male and female organs and can fertilize their own eggs.  

Some snails have lungs, while others have gills. Most snails are herbivores, although some have been seen feeding on insects or dead matter. Moving at a snail’s pace can mean slow, and it can also mean moving patiently and steady. There are over 60,000 species of snails in the world. Wild snails live three-seven years, while those in captivity can live up to 25 years. A snail’s mouth may be the size of a pin, but they can contain up to 20,000 teeth, depending on the species. Snails can sleep for three years. Now that is what I call a nap!


God bless you all, RHM.