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The garden snail is highly recognized by his large spiral shell that he has on his back.

The garden snail is not only found in gardens. He makes his home in a variety of places. You can find him throughout Great Britain, from the coastal cliffs to its forest.

The garden snail is a solitary creature, which spends his day inside his shell in damp, dark places. These snails are known to hibernate during winter, in cold temperature climates. During hibernation, they withdraw into their shell and survive on mucus that is secreted through its shell.

The garden snail’s diet consists of leaves from primrose, nasturtium and lettuce. They also will eat dandelion leaves and nettles. When the garden snail has eaten its fill, his remarkable homing sense directs him back to his roosts.

Snails mainly mate on warm nights during the summer months. Snails are hermaphrodites, this means they have both male and female reproductive organs.

The snail must mate with another even though they carry both eggs and sperm. The snails come together and release sperm into each other. Then they lay the eggs and fertilize them with the sperm. The eggs take approximately one month to hatch. When the eggs hatch, the young are born similar in looks as the adult snail. But, they have thin shells, as the young grows his shell becomes stronger and more spiral. The garden snail’s average life span is five years.

The garden snail’s habitat is secure. There seems to be no threat to the well being of the garden snail’s population.