Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September Photo of the Month: Garden Snails

Check out this too cute photo from Sarah Murphy in Freelton, Ontario!

Thanks for sharing it with us, Sarah. Even though these snails are so tiny, they can't help but capture your attention.

Snails are distinguished from other gastropods by their spiral shells. These shells are formed from calcium carbonate so, like humans, snails require calcium in their diet.

Interesting fact: Most snail shells are "right-handed." If you view a snail with the shell spiral facing you, it will generally proceed in a clockwise direction from the centre to the outer opening.

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