How Many Teeth Does a Snail Have?


Turns out, they have 2,640 teeth!

I also could have titled this post, “What is the sound of one snail eating?” Really cool to listen to the Soundcloud of snail chomping its grass.

She was 34, on a trip to Europe, got sick from a flu or maybe it was a virus, had to lie down and stay in bed — for months and months. A friend brought her a snail. You might enjoy its company, she was told.

“Why, I wondered, would I enjoy a snail?,” Elisabeth Tova Bailey asks in her book The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. “What on earth would I do with it?”

The snail stayed. It was placed in a little glass bowl on her night table, where, for a while, it … well, Elisabeth had no idea what it was doing. Snails are nocturnal. Whatever they do, they usually do it in the dark. But then, one very quiet night …

Read the whole fascinating thing and even listen to the chomping of a snail via Why Dentists Should Fear Snails : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR.

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