A live snail was kept in a museum for years before anyone knew it was alive. In the mid-1800s, scientists found a desert snail and sent it to the British Museum as a specimen. Museum workers thought it was dead, so glued it to a display. The snail was used to starvation and curled up in its shell for hibernation. Four years later, someone noticed the discolored paper, though it shouldn’t have been, if the shell was properly prepared. So, the sleeping snail was discovered. After a warm bath, the snail woke up and lived for another two years, before dying of natural causes.
Snails can crawl over razorblades and other sharp surfaces without injury.
Snails have crossed from the Pacific to Atlantic Ocean, alive, by being digested by birds and being pooped out, still living.
A young boy once pocketed a few giant African Land Snails while on vacation in Hawaii. When he returned home to Florida and got bored of it, his grandmother released them in the backyard, starting an invasion of foot long snails in Florida.
15% of snails survive digestion by birds and are found alive in their droppings, potentially leading to the spread of snail populations.
Snails are hermaphrodite, which means they have both male and female genitals, and before mating, they produce a mucus covered calcerous ‘love dart’ that pierces the skin of the partner. The mucus contains a pheromone that makes the female reproductive canal less hostile.
Snails kiss before mating (by rubbing their antennae together).