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Reproduction in Snails

A Natural History of Terrestrial Snails

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Reproduction in Snails
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Reproduction

Most terrestrial snails are hermaphroditic which means that each individual possesses both male and female reproductive organs. Although the age at which snails reach sexual maturity varies among species, it may be up to three years before snails are old enough to reproduce. Mature snails begin courtship in early summer and after mating both indivudals lay fertilized eggs in nests dug out of moist soil. It lays several dozen eggs and then covers them with soil where the stay until they are ready to hatch.

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