Snails hibernate and estivate ( sleep during winters and summers respectively)
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Hibernation: the condition or a period for an animal or a plantspending the winter in a dormant state.
Aestivation: prolonged torpor or dormancy of an insect, fish, or amphibian during a hot or dry period. prolonged torpor or dormancy of an insect, fish, or amphibian during a hot or dry period.
- Some organisms are gifted with controlling their own body temperatures and metabolism and hence it is possible for them to hibernate. Snails are one of such creatures.
- Snails carry their homes (shells) along with them all the time.
FOR HOW LONG CAN SNAIL HIBERNATE?
Snails can sleep for 3 years continuously while in the state of hibernation.
HOW DO SNAILS HIBERNATE?
- Snails first choose a suitablelocation either under the soil or amongst the grass where the moisture cannot penetrate in the shell
- The snail then seals the shelf with the mucus and eventually enter the hibernation state