A Microscopic Look at Snail Jaws
Have you ever wondered what the inside of a snail's mouth looks like?
The anatomy involved in land snail and slug feeding is fascinating. Well, I’d like to guess that it is more fascinating than you’d expect, if you’ve ever thought about snail and slug feeding in the first place. Snails and slugs have evolved to eat just about everything; they are herbivorous, carnivorous, omnivorous, and detritivorous (eating decaying waste from plants and other animals). There are specialist and generalist species that eat worms, vegetation, rotting vegetation, animal waste, fungus, and other snails.
Brazilian snail eating lettuce.
Thousands of Microsopic Teeth!
Snails and slugs eat with a jaw and a flexible band of thousands of microscopic teeth, called a radula...