COMMON GARDEN SNAIL (Helix aspersa) - ©Jabi Artaraz
Helix aspersa, known by the common name garden snail, is a species of land snail, a pulmonate gastropod that is one of the best-known of all terrestrial molluscs.
Although this species is edible, it is often regarded as a pest in gardens and to agriculture, especially where it has been accidentally introduced. It is native to the Mediterranean area but has been spread by mankind both deliberately and accidentally to numerous areas all over the world.
The snail’s muscular foot contracts to move the animal, and secretes mucus to facilitate locomotion by reducing friction against the substrate. It moves at a top speed of 1.3 centimetres per second (47 meters per hour or ~50 yards per hour), and has a strong homing instinct, readily returning to a regular hibernation site.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helix_aspersa
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