Land Snail Sliding Across Tree Limb

By | April 24, 2017

I found this Land Snail sliding across my deck so I moved it to a limb so that I could get this photo. Land Snails are very common here in my area. I photographed one last fall on a leaf (Colorful Fall Leaf With Land Snail). This one preferred to slide upside down on the limb.

Land Snails live on or near the ground, feed on decaying plant matter, and lay their eggs in the soil. I have plenty of decaying logs and leaves around here since my place is next to the National Forest.

Land Snail Sliding On A Tree Limb

Land Snail – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 Lens | @400mm | 1/200 | f/10 | ISO 800

Land Snail Facts

A land snail is any of the many species of snail that live on land, as opposed to sea snails and freshwater snails. Land snail is the common name for terrestrial gastropod mollusks that have shells (those without shells are known as slugs). However, it is not always easy to say which species are terrestrial, because some are more or less amphibious between land and freshwater, and others are relatively amphibious between land and saltwater.

Most land snails are pulmonates. That is, they have a lung and breathe air. A minority however belong to much more ancient lineages where their anatomy includes a gill and an operculum. Many of these operculate land snails live in habitats or microhabitats that are sometimes (or often) damp or wet, such as in moss.

A wide range of different vertebrate and invertebrate animals prey on land snails, and they are used as food by humans in various cultures worldwide, and are even raised on farms as food in some areas.

Most molluscs, including land snails, have a shell which is part of their anatomy since the larval stage, and which grows with them in size. (Wikipedia)

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

2 thoughts on “Land Snail Sliding Across Tree Limb

  1. Gordon

    Nice shot, we have a species of them here in the UK about the size of a Wallnut, and beleive me they are not very popular with gardeners.
    Al the best Gordon.

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