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Periwinkle Snail: May 2010

posted May 16, 2010 10:08 PM by Hester Burch [ updated May 16, 2010 10:14 PM ]

periwinkle snail

periwinkle snail

photo copyright Hester Jane- FunInTheMaking.net

Periwinkle snails like these eat algae. It can pull itself inside its shell and close its door. The door of a snail is called an operculum. Kids, impress your parents with this word: operculum. One reason why a snail would want to close its door is to keep from drying up.

Found at nearby Sotterly Plantaion and enjoyed by visiting kindergarteners May 2010.

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