You’ll wonder how long this creature can hibernate.
- 3 days
- 3 months
- 3 years
Yes! 3 years. It may sound impossible to you but not for the snail.
Snails are commonly known as an animal that causes trouble in your garden. They can also be pets, food or pests that may carry disease. Their shells can be used for decoration and jewelry making. Just like many other animals, there are different types of snails that vary demographically and environmentally.
The small shelled creature has much more and can be explored by the people. There are many common questions people ask about snails, like how they breed, how long they sleep and how they survive. We answer your questions here:
Snails love to sleep
Sleep is needed for all living organisms. It is commonly believed that only complex living organisms need to sleep on a regular basis to give the body frequent rest and have the reverse energy for activities.
In fact, all living organisms around the globe need enough rest that will provide them with energy to better perform and keep healthy and fit. For organisms to live longer, they need sleep and rest, whether its humans or snails. Simple organisms like snails love to sleep in order to save energy and have a refreshing start.
In fact, all living organisms around the globe need enough rest that will provide them with energy to better perform and keep healthy and fit. For organisms to live longer, they need sleep and rest, whether its humans or snails. Simple organisms like them love to sleep in order to save energy and have a refreshing start.
These are slow, and laid-back creatures’ quality sleep is their ultimate need. Studies and researchers state that most of them rest during the day and can sleep on different patterns. They like to sleep for about 13 to 15 hours to get their body active for nonstop 30 hours.
Why this creature love to sleep?
Commonly complex organisms need sleep to maintain their neurological health, but simple organisms like snails do not have that complex of neurological health. They need to sleep to keep their body growth even and to maintain a balance in their activities. It is important for them to keep their balance and get enough energy and power that will help them to grow and survive.
Sleeping patterns of snails
It is proven that they need to sleep, but it is not shown that all of them sleep at the same time as humans. They do not sleep according to day and night schedule with specific hours.
Studies have shown that all of them have their own pattern and style of sleeping. Commonly when they get exhausted due to long activities, it is time to take a nap. The resting time can be mostly defined by the environment.
Best destinations to sleep
Unlike humans or other organisms, snails do not have a specific place or environment to sleep or rest. In a close study, you can find them resting on leaves, in the garden and other places. Commonly, they have a relaxed body, tentacles partly withdrew and a shell hanging away from the boy.
Snails look as if they are taking a sunbath or undergoing a spa treatment. This seems like the most relaxed situation. In a close study by researchers, they found some of them hanging in between two leaves, on the stem, and at many other locations.
The only thing they make that is obvious for them to get into resting position is a friendly environment. When the weather is friendly, and they have no fear of attack they can have a safe and restful nap.
Different response behavior
They are one of the slowest animals on the planet, but a sleeping or resting one is extremely slow in comparison to an active one. You might think that it is hard to judge in between the sleeping one or active.
But, you can have a visible difference in both of these cases if you will have a close look at the responses. To make the research effective the researchers stimulated these creatures by food attraction, distraction, and trap.
The snail’s response to all stimuli was amazing and fairly noticeable in comparison to the sleeping and active one. The response of active member was twice as compared to the sleeping one towards physical stimulation who reacted seven times faster towards food.
Another amazing factor to consider here is their love for food.
Even a sleeping or resting one can have a quick reaction towards the food stimulation that actually helps us to know that snails do have reflexes and interest in food.
Hibernation and estimation
Other than having a different pattern of sleeping, they do have the ability to hibernate themselves in extreme weather conditions. When food is scarce, they use the shell themselves to hibernate. In hot summer days, these creatures are active while during winter cold they hibernate.
Being active in both extremes can cause them survival problems and hibernation or estivation is the best option they have. To ensure their safety the snail encloses the shell by covering it with mucus inside out. This keeps them moisturized and seals the shell properly.
Some species of desert snails use this method to hibernate years before dying to keep them alive for longer periods. Snails who live on vegetation and leaves face a shortage of food.
Duration of hibernation
Generally, they can hibernate for maximum three years, but the duration actually depends on the different species. Not all of them are able to be in the state of rest or hibernation for this length of time, while others have the ability to hibernate for more than three years
Some of the common snails normally rest up to one year afterward they need to have some access to food and water. To keep the moist body water is necessary for them and they need to take care of it immediately.
These creatures in deserts have the ability to keep their body enclosed in the shells for more than three years in the cover of their mucus.
How they survive hibernation?
The only problem they have during their hibernation is the loss of water. To prevent that problem, these creatures have something special. To prevent the evaporation, they have a thick sheet of dry mucus as part of the shell that keeps the exposed part of the body covered and prevents the evaporation procedure.
The studies explored show that one snail from Israel can live up to 19 years that is many more years than the average age of a snail. The interesting thing about it is that it is only active for less than 5% of the total lifetime.
They have the ability to protect themselves from drying out or dying during hibernation, in fact, they have these phenomena available to reduce the chances of death.
Some fun facts about Snails
Other than their sleeping habits here are some other fun facts about snails that can improve your knowledge:
- Snails do not have sex
These are hermaphrodites’ creatures; they have both male and female reproductive organs. But to lay eggs they mate with another snail and lay eggs together.
- They can see you but can’t hear
In most of the land species, they have two sets of tentacles, the upper one carries the eyes, and the lower one has the olfactory organs. They can witness the surroundings and watch out for danger, but they cannot respond to any sounds because they don’t have ears or ear canals.
- Snails don’t like sun
You cannot find them in an active state in summer and extreme sunlight, they dislike the heat. Most of their activities are linked with night, cloudy or moist weather. If you have plans to have a snail as a pet make sure to keep them in the aquarium and place the aquarium in a moderate environment with less sunlight or the snail will go into hibernation.
- Unbelievable sizes
You have heard of small snails of a few centimeters in size, but their size range varies up to 12 inches.
- Salt used against snails
It is interesting to know that a snail can survive the ultimate weather and environmental conditions easily. However, it cannot resist salt, getting in contact with salt means death to a snail.
- A big foodie
You have heard many foodies love to eat unique food, and snails are included. These types of snails are slow, but when it comes to their food, they eat any type of vegetation or plants. There are almost 500 different types of plants that are commonly eaten by snails.
- Small but not weak
If you perceive the small creature weak, you may be mistaken. A snail can lift up to ten times its body weight in a vertical position.
- Snails have a great family
They are not a common animal, there are almost 200,000 species of Molluscs including snails, and only 50,000 of them are classified. That is no wonder that you will find a new type of this creature in a different part of your state.
- Grown with shells
The shell is not something that grows separately on them; it is itself an organ. Initially, it is transparent, but gradually it gets harder. A newly hatched snail eats its own eggshell to absorb calcium to strengthen its shell.
At first, they seem to be a peculiar creature, but deep inside there are many natural secrets hidden in them. You can have interactions with them in your house garden and in many other countryside places. It is always fun to explore snails and their activities.