Re: [Histonet] snails and slugs

From:Philip Oshel

Collagen, mostly, standard connective tissue. I'd have to get out the 
gastropod volume of "Microscopic Anatomy of Invertebrates" to be 
sure. Mollusc shell microarchitecture is pretty neat, really.
Yeah, I'm surprised a snail could be gotten out of its shell by any 
means -- slugs may be shell-less snails, but snails without shells 
are dead, they just may not know it yet.


>The shell is calcified but not pure calcium, so there is a protein 
>type matrix there, not sure what matrix consists of??    A relaxed 
>snail only comes partially out of its shell, and never really 
>reaches true "slug" stage!!   Snails are tenacious and only like to 
>"hang out" rather than "fall out" completely from shell.  Hmmm for 
>quick return into protective calcified "home"?
>By the way, I have an un-opened jar "Slug" preserves from Seattle - 
>where 10 billion slugs can't be wrong and love to live!  And you 
>haven't lived until you have been slimed by a slug!  Firsthand 
>knowledge and a hilarious story.
>Enough of this slimey conversation!
>Gayle Callis
>At 12:09 PM 9/8/2004, you wrote:
>>Out of curiosity - is the shell made of calcium?  I'm asking because I
>>really don't know - not a trick question?  Isn't a snail out of it's shell
>>just a slug?
>>(Now THAT is a joke.)
>>Jackie O'
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