Snail Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What do snails look like? Where do they live? What do they eat? How do they grow? This lesson will teach you all of these things as well as some fun facts about snails!

What Are Snails?

What did one snail say to the snail who caught him in a game of tag?

I'll catch you next slime!

We know that snails are slimy, but there's so much more to them. Snails are invertebrates, which means they don't have backbones, and they have soft bodies, which is why they need their shells to protect them like shields. These slimy creatures move by sliding forward on their bellies. That's why they're called gastropods (gastro refers to the stomach and pod stands for foot).

Snails have protective shells.

Snails are really small--usually less than an inch long! There is one type of snail, the giant African land snail, that can be 8 inches long and weigh up to 2 pounds. The largest snail in the world is called the Australian trumpet. It can be 35 inches long and weigh up to 40 pounds!

Where Do Snails Live?

A freshwater snail
snail home

Snails live in lots of different places! Some snails live on land under rocks and logs and in other dark places. Other snails live in water, like lakes and ponds. Some snails even live in oceans and crawl along the ocean floor! In fact, snails are often categorized by where they live: There are land snails, sea snails, and freshwater snails.

Snail Eating and Breeding Habits

Most snails eat algae and plants off of rocks. Their tongues have many, many tiny teeth on them, and they use their teeth to pick up the algae and plants! Most snails eat only algae and plants, which makes them herbivores. However, there are some larger snails that eat meat, as well!

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