All land snails and slugs make slime (mucus).
Snail have different types of slime which is a mucus secreted by glands:
- Body slime to keep the animal moist and to prevent it drying out.
- Slime to move along on to protect its foot from damage the snail secretes a continuous trail of slime. This leaves what we often see as a snail trail. This is secreted from glands under the mouth. The slime has also adhesive properties which allows the snail to climb trees and walls and attach to a variety of surfaces.
Slime is an important part of their mating rituals as well.
Today, snail slime is used in human cosmetics. Read a fascinating article here.
Snail slime was once used as medicine from Ancient Greece to the Middle Ages -internally against gastrointestinal ulcers and in the form of syrup to soothe a cough.
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I am doing a research project on snails for my Biology class and I am wondering if anyone could tell me what macromolecule snail slime is? I’m thinking that its probably either a lipid or a protein, but I’m not sure.
It is a polysaccharide mainly
Snail Slime is known as the slowest creature in the World and love to read a great article on my favorite Creature