How do Snails Move?

My life has taken some turns that I don’t like and didn’t want, and as a result I have had many sleepless nights.

I have been able to calm my nerves by working on some projects that take my mind off of my problems.  I will be conducting a snail workshop at this year’s Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa this March.  I am an enthusiast, not an expert.  So I have been putting together information and materials for that.

In my extensive research (ok, several minutes of googling) I have not seen anything that explains how snails move.  Not just sinusoidal waves on a slime trail, but how do their muscles work?

Most animals have a skeleton.  It is either internal or external, or some kind of hydrostatic thing.  Muscles must pull against something.  Snails are capable of moving in ways that are different than the movements that other animals are capable of doing.

Maybe it has something to do with the rough patterns visible on the foot.

So I spent a sleepless night last night, wondering how snails move.

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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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