Sea Snails Makenna Dozois

Sea Snails live in salt water. There are over 40,000 different species. They can live up to 25 years.
Snails eat plants, algae, bacteria, and some carnivorous snails (like a cone snail) eat clams, small fish, or other snails.
Animals like crabs and squid eat snails. Big crabs crush their shells while squids suck them out of their shells. Hermit crabs use snail shells as homes.
Snails can produce both sexually and asexually because most are Hermaphrodites, meaning they have both male and female reproductive organs. Sea Snails usually lay 20-30 eggs.
A snail's shell protects them from predators and harsh environment
Sea snails have evolved gills to survive under water, while land snails have lungs
Snails secrete mucus to keep from drying up when not in water, and cone snails' mucus releases chemicals into the ocean that helps them kill their prey
The Antarctic Ocean is becoming more acidic and dissolving shells of snails, increasing their vulnerability to predators and threatening the food chain.
Global Warming is what's causing the acidic increase and by stopping that we can save snails.

Citations:

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Credits:

Created with images by chrispearson72 - "Sea Snail on Findhorn Beach" • Sean MacEntee - "Beach" • Mark Bonica - "sea weed" • dmalling - "hermit crab no delete" • weinstock - "sea sea animals cancer" • wildxplorer - "Shell on the beach" • MartinStr - "air bubbles diving underwater" • 422737 - "nature snail snail shell" • Eva Luedin - "Ocean" • Atmospheric Infrared Sounder - "Arctic Carbon Dioxide, February 2010 to February 2011"

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