Desert snails: problems of heat, water and food.

@article{SchmidtNielsen1971DesertSP,
  title={Desert snails: problems of heat, water and food.},
  author={Knut Schmidt-Nielsen and C. Richard Taylor and Amiram Shkolnik},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={1971},
  volume={55 2},
  pages={385-98}
}
It will be a surprise to many biologists that snails are found in large numbers on the dry, barren surfaces of certain hot deserts. The present study is concerned with one such snail, Sphincterochila boissieri, which occurs in the deserts of the Near East. Live specimens of this snail, withdrawn in the shell and dormant, can be found on the desert surface in mid-summer, fully exposed to sun and heat. The surface temperature of these deserts may reach 70 °C and more than a year may pass between… CONTINUE READING
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