Have you ever eaten snails before? I have not and I do not ever plan to do so. Snail is the generic term for mollusks that have a coiled shell in their adult stage. Snails can be found living on land, in the sea and in freshwater. Since I photographed these in the shallow waters at the Maplewood Nature Center they would fit into the freshwater snail category. I do not know much about snails but from what I have read I would guess that these may be in the Lymnaeidae family, which are a group of small to large sized freshwater snails that are commonly referred to as pond snails.