Geographical Range Southern United States to South America; West Indies
Habitat Ponds, swamps, ditches
Scientific Name Pomacea sp.
Conservation Status Common

Not all snails live in the ocean. Some, like the apple snail, live in ponds, swamps and ditches. Freshwater snails tend to live in hard water, since they use minerals in the water to make their shells. Most also avoid extreme cold or warm water, and they may migrate to different depths to find suitable temperatures.

Apple snails live in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Though they sometimes leave the water, they usually remain beneath the surface. To stay moist during dry periods, apple snails bury themselves in mud and close their shell "door" to keep from drying out.