Wild Romance - Snail Mating

 

(Devarayana Durga, November 2021)

The way snails mate, is one of the most interesting facts in the animal kingdom. Most snail types (including land snails) are hermaphrodites, which basically means that they have both male and female reproductive organs. Each snail has the ability to create eggs and sperm at the same time. A snail can play the role of a female in one mating session and the role of a male in another. During the act of mating, snails can play both roles at the same time and fertilize each other simultaneously.

They may look harmless, but the snails snacking on your backyard garden boast a sex organ that serves as a sharp, sword-like weapon. Several species of hermaphroditic land snails fire these so-called love darts into each others' bodies while mating. Once a snail manages to shoot the dart, which transfers sperm-boosting secretions, that animal can fertilize the other's eggs.

 

 

Article By:

Shivanand Mernal