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How long does it take for snails to have babies?
Question Date: 2014-02-06
Answer 1:

Most snails will not reproduce until they are at least a year old. They usually need another snail to mate with, but they don’t need to find one of the opposite sex since most species of snails have both male and female reproductive parts. The snails lay the eggs under the dirt, and the new snails hatch out in a 2-4 weeks. Then the cycle starts again.

Can you think of some advantages and disadvantages for one snail being both male and female?

Can you think of some advantages and disadvantages for the parent snails to bury their eggs and leave?

If you are interested in animals without backbones, you may want to study invertebrate biology.

Thanks for asking,

Answer 2:

It depends on the species of snail, but from the time the eggs are fertilized, it usually takes about 2-4 weeks for them to hatch!


Answer 3:

Depends on the snail. Some snails have multiple generations per year, while others (like abalone) live for many years.



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