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Snails of New Jersey, U.S.
By Patricia Hilliard
Last edited: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Posted: Friday, August 11, 2006

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Snails photographed at Barnegat Light House park, New Jersey, USA in June, 2005.

 Snails come out during times of dampness, rain or fog.  They eat tender leaves and decayed plant matter.  The reproductive system of snails is so efficient that whenever two snails meet they can mate because they contain both male and female sex organs.  Some snails dig holes in the ground, lay an egg mass then use their “foot” to push dirt to fill the hole. Other snails simply lay eggs in wet leaves.  The immature snails hatch from the eggs and begin growing their protective hard shell from the mantel on their outer skins.

During drought or in the heat of summer, snails go into estivation, withdrawing into their shells and sealing themselves off with mucus to avoid becoming dehydrated.  When moisture returns to the environment, the snails reactivate.  During winter when it is cold and dry, snails go into full hibernation.  

Snails native to the
U.S. are usually yellow, dark green, brown or cinnamon in color with no unique design.  The shells are usually circular and flat.  The more decorative striped snails are native to Europe and were brought to the Americas in the ballast of ships.  A snail with 8 whorls in its shell is about two years old. 









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Books by
Patricia Hilliard

Wild Birds in the Parks of Hudson County

Go To Liberty

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Making Changes

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Nature Articles
  1. Think Globally: Act Locally
  2. Myth of the Irresponsible Male
  3. Helper Birds
  4. Penetrating Stare
  5. Anybody Home?
  6. Hurricane Sandy Update here from Connectic
  7. Green Hope
  8. America's Most Endangered Rivers
  9. The 2010 Rubber Dodo Award
  10. America's Wild Horses Need Your Help
  11. Barefoot on Broken Glass
  12. An Enigmatic Bird - The Great Blue Heron
  13. Let's Save Ourselves
  14. A First Hand Report From The Gulf
  15. My Second Ozark Boat Ride
  16. Buried Alive
  17. Just a bird in the sky
  19. Our Annihilation of Life, Never Ends
  20. Help A Child Enjoy Nature

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