Land Snails have considerable human relevance, including as food items, as pests, as vectors of disease, and their shells are used as decorative objects and are incorporated into jewelry. The snail has also had some cultural significance, and has been used as a metaphor.
Common Snails (5)LS Snail is a common name loosely applied to shelled gastropods. The name is most often applied to land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod molluscs. However, the common name snail is also used for most of the members of the molluscan class Gastropoda that have a coiled shell that is large enough for the animal to retract completely into. When the word "snail" is used in this most general sense, it includes not just land snails but also numerous species of sea snails and freshwater snails.
Gem on Land (2)LS Gem of Land snails have an equally interesting range of shell shapes, patterns and colors, to attract their attention. With over 30,000 species of land shells, divided into 85 Families, the collecting of these air breathing mollusc's can be an equally rewarding and fascinating pastime.