Mollusks, Gastropods

A Gastropod is a snail, having one shell, a large muscular foot, and a well-developed head with distinct eyes, mouth, and tentacles. Gastropods possess an operculum, a thin piece of shell attached to the foot and used to close the aperture (opening) when the animal retracts into its shell. They also have a radula, a tongue-like, toothed appendage used to saw, bore, tear, or scrape, depending upon how the species feeds. The first section below covers the gastropods very commonly seen on Hilton Head, and ones that I will always discuss in my beach programs. Those following the video are present, but not as commonly found.

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