Snails are hermaphrodites. Although they have both male and female reproductive organs, they must mate with another snail of the same species before they lay eggs. Some snails may act as males one season and as females the next. Other snails play both
roles at once and fertilize each other simultaneously. When the snail is mature enough, which may take several years, mating occurs mostly during raining season. Sometimes there is a second mating in artificial pen . (In tropical climates, mating may occur several times a year.
In some climates, snails mate around October and may mate a second time 2 weeks later.) After mating, the snail can store sperm received for up to a year, but it usually lays eggs within a few weeks.
Snails are sometimes uninterested in mating with another snail of the same species that originated from a considerable distance away.

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