Snails, Slugs, and Slime! | Animal Science for Kids
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Snails, Slugs, and Slime! | Animal Science for Kids

Squeaks just found some animals crawling around
outside in the garden! Want to show them to me, Squeaks? Ooo, it looks like this one is a snail. And this one is a slug! You know, even though snails and slugs are
two different kinds of animals, they’re actually pretty similar! Squeaks, can you spot anything about the snail
and the slug that looks the same? That’s true! Both of these animals have long bodies with
no legs. Snails and slugs move by using a big muscle
on the bottom of their body called a foot. It definitely doesn’t look like my foot! But it helps snails and slugs get around just
like my feet help me get around. The front half of a snail or slug’s foot
will stretch out far along the ground, then pull the whole animal along with it as it
squeezes back together. What else do you see that looks the same? That’s right, both slugs and snails have
their eyes on long stalks that can stretch out and wiggle around. I wonder what the world would look like with
eyes on stalks! Oh, you thought of another thing that’s the
same? Yeah! These animals are both very slimy! Both snails and slugs are covered in a special
slime called mucus, which is a lot like the boogers in your nose. This mucus helps snails and slugs to stay
wet and avoid drying out. Just like the boogers keep your nose from
drying out! Snails and slugs can also use this mucus to
help them stick to things. They can use it to climb up walls, or on tree
trunks, or up big rocks! They even leave a little slime trail behind
themselves. So, snails and slugs have a lot in common. Which makes sense, because they’re actually
related! Snails and slugs are all part of a big group
of animals called gastropods. Gastropods tend to have a lot of similarities,
like a muscular foot, eyes on stalks, and slime. But different kinds of gastropods can also
be very different, just like our snail and slug here. There’s one big difference I’m noticing. Do you see it? [Squeaks nods] That’s right, this snail has a hard shell
on its back! Snails have round shells that get bigger as
they grow up. Snails carry their shells with them wherever
they go, and they can even hide inside their shells when they need to get away from other
animals that might want to meet them. Slugs don’t have these shells, but they
protect themselves by hiding under rocks or logs. Some of them can also move faster than snails
can with those heavy shells on their backs. There are so many kinds of snails and slugs,
it’s a little hard to imagine how many there are! There are over 65,000 kinds of gastropods,
and they’re all different! The Australian Trumpet Snail is the biggest
snail in the world. It can grow to almost a meter long — that’s
three feet! Trumpet snails are so big, they can weigh
as much as a small dog. There’s also a whole group of gastropods
known for their bright colors. These sea slugs, called nudibranchs, come
in every color of the rainbow, sometimes all at once! Their bright colors can help them to stand
out and attract other nudibranchs. And check out this banana slug! Banana slugs are yellow with brown spots,
and they look just like, you guessed it, a banana. Since they live on land, banana slugs aren’t
surrounded by water like sea slugs. But do you remember their special mucus? It helps them to stick to things, but it also
helps them to avoid drying out on land! That’s good, because banana slugs can actually
breathe through their skin! So gastropods are pretty incredible! These snails and slugs lead such different
lives, but they’re still all part of the same big family. Thanks for joining us for this episode of
SciShow Kids! If you want to watch more videos with me and
Squeaks and you’re watching this on YouTube, you can click the red subscribe button. We’ll see you next time here at the fort!

35 thoughts on “Snails, Slugs, and Slime! | Animal Science for Kids

  1. my dog loves it when the mouse ( I forgot the name ) speaks ( the only reason I watch is because of her other channel and I am 4th

  2. i will tell you a cool song sky what greg im a banana your a what IM A BANANA what happend to your chlotes IM A BANANA sorry you can see this song by typing i'm a banana! enjoy the song/

  3. Hi,
    i was searching for some information about snails and slugs and i found your video. I thinks it's good but why do you speach this fast while this show is made for kids ? Maybe its just my opinion but it would be better to give the chance to understand what is said.

  4. Thanks a lot for this nice video. I would like to correct one thing: snails and slugs do not crawl as mentioned in this video, but through muscle contractions in their foot. These waves push them forwards. If you put a snail or slug on a piece of glass and look at the underside, you can see the waves if the snail or slug starts crawling.

  5. why do bugs come from and why do frogs come from and why are cheetahs so fast thank oh and why are turtles so slow🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐸🐸

  6. Snails and slugs are the same thing it’s just that slug is a snail with no shell

  7. My seven year old, Nathan, says the snail and slug video was amazing. He says he liked learning the difference between the two and that snails are his favorite (because of their shells).

  8. I like these videos but I have students who are learning English as a second language and Jessi speaks much to fast! It would be really helpful if she would slow down. Even with the sub titles it goes to fast for my kids to follow along. Keep up the good work and slow down!!!

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