Snails move using a body called the foot, which is the part that sticks out underneath the shell. The foot is made up of many tiny muscles which move in a wavelike motion to move the snail forward. As the snail moves, it secretes a sticky mucus from tiny glands at the front of the foot. Because snails need to climb to get to food sources, this mucus is vital and the snail’s foot must stay in contact with it over a certain area in order to maintain cohesion. In addition, the more surface area you have in contact with the ground, the slower you go, due to friction.
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