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Gilled Snail Shell Illustration

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Gilled Snail Shell, colored pencil

Commissioned by: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

About gilled snails:
Snails are defined as either gilled or pulmonate. Pulmonate snails have lungs, can breathe air, and are generally hermaphroditic. The shells are "left-handed". Gilled snails have gills, have separate sexes, and their shells are "right-handed". Gilled snails eat decaying plants and algae. They can close the opening of their shell with a plate called an operculum. Eggs are laid in the spring. They live two to five years.


Phylum: Mollusca (bilateral symmetry, unsegmented)
Class: Gastropoda (muscular foot, distinct cephalic region)

More about snails:
Environmental Education for Kids: Orb, Gilled, and Pouch Snails
Stillman Nature Center: Sinistral Snails

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