With their messy trails and taste for greens, the common Garden Snail is often considered to be a pest whose strong homing instinct makes human control difficult. They are often seen after rain and leave a tell tale trail of mucus. Being hermaphrodites, the Garden Snail each have both male & female reproductive organs, but although they can mate with themselves, it’s more usual for them to find a partner. When conditions are dry, Snails retreat into their shell and seal the entrance. They can survive in a state of suspended animation for several months. A single Snail can have 430 babies in a year. The common Garden Snail is also edible and snail farming is currently a booming cottage industry in Britain.