With respect to Snails.—Philyllius says—
I am not a grasshopper, nor a snail, O woman.And in a subsequent passage he says—
Sprats, tunny fish, and snails, and periwinkles.And Hesiod calls the snail,
The hero that carries his house on his back.And Anaxilas says—
You are e'en more distrustful than a snail;And Achæus speaks of them, and says—
Who fears to leave even his house behind him.
Can such a vapour strange produceAnd an enigma, like a fishing-net, having reference to the snail, is often proposed at banquets, in these terms—
The snails, those horned monsters?
What is that spineless bloodless beast of the woods,And Aristotle, in the fifth book of his treatise on the Parts of Animals, says—“Snails appear to become pregnant in the autumn and in spring, and they are the only animals with coverings of shells that have ever been detected in union.” But Theophrastus says, in his treatise about Animals which live in Holes—“Snails live in holes during the winter, and still more in the summer, on which account they are seen in the greatest numbers during the autumn rains. But their holes in the summer are made upon the ground, and in the trees.” There are some snails which are called σέσιλοι. Epicharmus says—
Who makes his path amid the humid waters.
Instead of all these animals, they have locusts;And Apellas relates that the Lacedæmonians call the snail σέμελος. But Apollodorus, in the second book of his Etymologies, says that there are some snails which are called κωλυσιδειπνοι, interrupters of banquets.
But I hate above all things the shell of the sesilus.