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“Snail is the common name of gasteropodous mollusks. They feed chiefly on vegetable substances, though they are very indiscriminate in their appetite and even devour the dead of their own kind. The mischief which they do to garden crops is well known. Snails delight in warm, moist weather; in dry weather, their chief time of activity is during the night, and they hide themselves by day; but after rain they come forth at any hour in quest of food. At the approach of winter or in very dry weather they close the mouth of the shell with a membrane (epiphragm), formed by the drying of the mucous substance which they secrete, and become inactive and torpid."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)


Everybody's Cyclopedia (New York, NY: Syndicate Publishing Company, 1912)


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