Vyacheslav Mishchenkois a genius. His facebook page is here. (sorry for the broken link earlier)
More on drought tolerant creatures
When I think of desert creatures snails don’t exactly leap to mind but snails have some wonderful adaptations for dealing with extreme heat and drought.
Of course they prefer cool moist shade but even so they don’t seem to suffer as much here in Texas as I would have imagined.
To keep their lovely tentacles nice and moist snails simply hermetically seal themselves off from the universe when it gets hot and nasty. The picture shown above was taken when it was nearly 90 degrees F outside. This snail and many more were even facing south. Why weren’t they cooked?
They close the shell with a membrane made from dried mucus — think of it as homemade plastic wrap. Then they go into a kind of suspended animation state called aestivation where they reduce their breathing rate. Then they wait. Patiently. Until the situation improves.
Some other things I learned about snails:
They can bench press 10 times their own body weight.
They have been known to dash at up to 50 yards per hour.
During courtship they shoot LOVE DARTS at each other and snuggle for about 6 hours!
These big milk snails I see everywhere are an introduced species but they are edible. Escargot anyone?