especially land forms, are some of the most well known though not always the most highly revered of the
Common folklore about the large marine varieties is that if you hold one of their shells against your ear you can hear the ocean.
This, of course, is nonsense, what you actually hear is your own blood going through vessels near your ear. You can achieve the
same effect with a coffee cup!
Land molluscs, also known as snails and slugs, though sometimes kept as pets or used as food for pets, are usually seen as pests. A
wide variety of measures are used against them such as snail bait, which is very effective but can be deadly to dogs and sometimes
A more "hands on" method is to pour salt on them. This is favored by children and adolescents and is usually done more for amusement
than for its practical value.
One of the most detested snails is also one of the most useful, the common garden snail,
Helix aspersa. Though Helix pomatia is more often used for escargot, it was for this very purpose that
Helix aspersa was imported to California by a french chef in the 1850s!
Wild Helix aspersa are
still eaten today but most people see them as a pest. Though the yellow and brown striped variety is the most common, this
species has many other varieties as well.