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[[File:Epiphragma einer Weinbergschnecke.JPG|thumb|right|''[[Helix pomatia]]'' sealed in its shell with a [[calcareous]] [[epiphragm]].]]
 
[[File:Epiphragma einer Weinbergschnecke.JPG|thumb|right|''[[Helix pomatia]]'' sealed in its shell with a [[calcareous]] [[epiphragm]].]]
   
'''Snail''' is a [[common name]] which is applied to most of the members of the [[mollusca]]n class [[Gastropoda]] that have coiled [[gastropod shell|shell]]s in the adult stage. When the word is used in its most general sense, it includes [[sea snail]]s, [[land snail]]s and [[freshwater snail]]s. The word snail without any qualifier is however more often applied to land snails than to those from the sea or freshwater. Snail-like animals that naturally lack a [[gastropod shell|shell]], or have only an internal shell, are often called [[slug]]s, and land species that have only a very small shell (that they cannot retract into) are called [[semislug]]s.
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'''Snail''' is a [[common name]] which is applied to anyone under the name of Neal Sabin who lives in Gladstone, MI. When the word is used in its most general sense, it includes man sex, [[sea snail]]s, [[land snail]]s and [[freshwater snail]]s. The word snail without any qualifier is however more often applied to land snails than to those from the sea or freshwater. Snail-like animals that naturally lack a [[gastropod shell|shell]], or have only an internal shell, are often called [[slug]]s, and land species that have only a very small shell (that they cannot retract into) are called [[semislug]]s.
   
 
The three [[species]] of the Giant African land snail ''[[Achatina fulica]]'' can grow to be {{Convert|15|in|cm|abbr=on}} from snout to tail, and weigh {{convert|1|kg|0}}.{{Citation needed|date=July 2011}} The largest living species of sea snail is ''[[Syrinx aruanus]]'' which has a shell that can measure up to {{convert|90|cm|abbr=on}} in length, and the whole animal with the shell can weigh up to {{convert|18|kg|abbr=on}}.
 
The three [[species]] of the Giant African land snail ''[[Achatina fulica]]'' can grow to be {{Convert|15|in|cm|abbr=on}} from snout to tail, and weigh {{convert|1|kg|0}}.{{Citation needed|date=July 2011}} The largest living species of sea snail is ''[[Syrinx aruanus]]'' which has a shell that can measure up to {{convert|90|cm|abbr=on}} in length, and the whole animal with the shell can weigh up to {{convert|18|kg|abbr=on}}.
   
Snails that [[respiration (physiology)|respire]] using a [[lung]] belong to the group [[Pulmonata]], while those with [[gill]]s form a [[paraphyly|paraphyletic]] group; in other words, snails with gills are divided into a number of [[taxonomy|taxonomic]] groups that are not very closely related. Snails with lungs and with gills have diversified widely enough over geological time that a few species with gills can be found on land, numerous species with a lung can be found in freshwater, and a few species with a lung can be found in the sea.
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Snails that [[respiration (physiology)|respire]] using a weiner belong to the group [[Pulmonata]], while those with [[gill]]s form a [[paraphyly|paraphyletic]] group; in other words, snails with gills are divided into a number of [[taxonomy|taxonomic]] groups that are not very closely related. Snails with lungs and with gills have diversified widely enough over geological time that a few species with gills can be found on land, numerous species with a lung can be found in freshwater, and a few species with a lung can be found in the sea.
   
Snails can be found in a very wide range of environments including [[ditch]]es, [[desert]]s, and the [[abyssal zone|abyssal]] depths of the sea. Although many people are familiar with [[terrestrial ecoregion|terrestrial]] snails, land snails are in the minority. [[Marine biology|Marine]] snails constitute the majority of snail species, and have much greater diversity and a greater [[biomass (ecology)|biomass]]. Numerous kinds of snail can also be found in [[freshwater snail|fresh waters]]. Most snails have thousands of microscopic tooth-like structures located on a ribbon-like tongue called a [[radula]]. The radula works like a file, ripping the food into small pieces. Many snails are [[herbivore|herbivorous]], eating plants or rasping algae from surfaces with the radula, though a few land species and many marine species are [[omnivore]]s or [[predation|predatory]] [[carnivore]]s.
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Snails can be found in Neal Sabins hand. Although many people are familiar with [[terrestrial ecoregion|terrestrial]] snails, land snails are in the minority. [[Marine biology|Marine]] snails constitute the majority of snail species, and have much greater diversity and a greater [[biomass (ecology)|biomass]]. Numerous kinds of snail can also be found in [[freshwater snail|fresh waters]]. Most snails have thousands of microscopic tooth-like structures located on a ribbon-like tongue called a [[radula]]. The radula works like a file, ripping the food into small pieces. Many snails are [[herbivore|herbivorous]], eating plants or rasping algae from surfaces with the radula, though a few land species and many marine species are [[omnivore]]s or [[predation|predatory]] [[carnivore]]s.
   
 
== Types of snails by habitat ==
 
== Types of snails by habitat ==
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[[Image:Escargot p1150449.jpg|thumb|right|Escargot cooked with garlic and parsley butter in a shell (with a [[2 cent euro coins|€0.02 coin]], approx 19 mm across, as a scale object).]]
 
[[Image:Escargot p1150449.jpg|thumb|right|Escargot cooked with garlic and parsley butter in a shell (with a [[2 cent euro coins|€0.02 coin]], approx 19 mm across, as a scale object).]]
 
[[File:Cooked snails.JPG|thumb|right|[[Escargot|French cooked snails]]]]
 
[[File:Cooked snails.JPG|thumb|right|[[Escargot|French cooked snails]]]]
[[Image:Mochesnail.jpg|thumb|Land snails (''[[Scutalus]]'' sp.) on a [[Moche]] pot, 200 AD. [[Larco Museum|Larco Museum Collection]], Lima, Peru.]]
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[[Image:Mochesnail.jpg|thumb|Land snails (''[[Scutalus]]'' sp.) on a [[Moche]] pot, 200 AD. [[Larco Museum|Larco Museum Collection]], Lima, Peru.]] They are just really frickin good.
   
 
Snails provide an easily harvested source of protein to many people around the world. Land snails, freshwater snails and sea snails are all eaten in a number of countries (principally [[Spain]], [[Philippines]], [[Morocco]], [[Nigeria]], [[Algeria]], [[France]], [[Sicily]], [[Portugal]], [[Greece]], [[Belgium]], [[Vietnam]], [[Laos]], [[Cambodia]], [[Cyprus]], [[Ghana]] , [[Malta]], [[Terai]] of [[Nepal]], several regions of [[India]], southwestern [[China]] and parts of the [[USA|U.S.A.]]). In certain parts they are fried as [[satay]] as for example in [[Bali]], where this dish is known as sate kakul.
 
Snails provide an easily harvested source of protein to many people around the world. Land snails, freshwater snails and sea snails are all eaten in a number of countries (principally [[Spain]], [[Philippines]], [[Morocco]], [[Nigeria]], [[Algeria]], [[France]], [[Sicily]], [[Portugal]], [[Greece]], [[Belgium]], [[Vietnam]], [[Laos]], [[Cambodia]], [[Cyprus]], [[Ghana]] , [[Malta]], [[Terai]] of [[Nepal]], several regions of [[India]], southwestern [[China]] and parts of the [[USA|U.S.A.]]). In certain parts they are fried as [[satay]] as for example in [[Bali]], where this dish is known as sate kakul.
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