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Garden snails mating

Garden snails mating

Snails are hermaphrodites, with both male and female sexual organs in the same body. When common garden snails (Helix aspersa) mate, a penis is extruded from the side of each head as the snails join together.

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Paddy Ryan, 'Snails and slugs - New Zealand land molluscs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 March 2024)

Story by Paddy Ryan, published 24 Sep 2007