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