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Chances are, there are snails in the moist areas of your garden or in your neighbors’. If not, snails often live near ponds or in the woods. Izzy can search from the air, but you should grab your flashlight Explora-Gear and get outdoors.

snail

What you need

  • flashlight

What you do

  1. Tell your child that snails don’t like hot, sunny days. So you must plan your hunt when it’s cloudy or dusk.

  2. If you’re lucky, you might find a snail right off the bat in a moist area underneath leaves or large, shady plants. Otherwise, it’s time to hunt for snail trails! Explain to your child that snails creep slowly on one flat foot, which creates slimy goo (mucus) to help it glide along. The goo hardens into a silvery trail. You can often spot it shining under the flashlight at night or in a little sunlight by day.

  3. If you find a trail, it’s time to see where it leads! You just might find a snail at the other end, inching along. If so, ask your child to watch it carefully. How does it move? Do you have a chance to see how it eats?

  4. Let your child pick the snail up carefully. What happens? The snail probably ducked its head into its shell. Tell your child that the snail can seal off the entrance to its shell with its slime for protection. Once your child has had a good look, it’s time to put the snail back where you found it.

  5. And, maybe search for another snail trail!

Some more fun snail facts to share:

  • The largest snails weigh about two pounds. Put two 1-pound cans in your child’s cupped hands to show how heavy that is.

  • The snail’s eyes are at the tip of the long tentacles on their heads.

  • Snails don’t move very fast. It would take a land snail over five days to travel one mile!

 

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