Science Questions

Where do snails go in summer?

Sun, 6th Apr 2008

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Pete asked:

Where do all the snails go in the summer? When itís rainy and wet and Autumn time we see loads of snails but when itís hot there are no snails in sight. Where do they go?


They hide! The snails need to maintain moisture on their skin at all times so in the hot, dry weather they donít want to be losing all that moisture.  Also, in the light of day theyíre very exposed to predators.  They tend to hideaway.  If you lift up a few rocks or big plant pots in your garden youíll probably find them there.


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