Snail is a snail who is often seen hiding around anywhere, whether around the Blue's Clues house, in the backyard, or even in a skidoo location. He rarely has any lines but appears 3 times in the background of each episode. When he does speak, his voice is shown to be surprisingly deep and loud. He is voiced by Nick Balaban (who also voiced Mr. Salt), one of the show's music composers.
Snail is designed to look like he is made of light pink molding clay. He has black antennae and a simple face consisting of a pair of tiny black eyes and a smiling black mouth. His shell is swirled on the inside.
In Blue's Clues & You!, his body and a head are positioned more horizontally and his shell is more angular at the top and bottom and a darker shade of pink. His mouth is now red and his eyes are more ovular with white highlights. He now has a pair of black eyebrows as well.
Snail appears at least 3 times in every episode of the original Blue's Clues series and in "Meet Blue's Baby Brother". Click here to see all of his appearances.
The following Blue's Clues episodes feature Snail in more than just a background role:
"Magenta Comes Over": He plays hide-and-seek with Shovel and Pail. Steve helps them find her by following Snail's tracks.
"Blue's Big Musical": Before the musical starts, Fred the felt friend finds him under a rock by the stage and they talk to each other. Snail also joins the music show after Shovel and Pail's number. He rides in on a skateboard and sings in an operatic voice, "I just want to be me!"
"Bugs!": He watches Steve, Blue, and Antoinette journey into an anthill. In this appearance she was between the size as Steve and Blue due to them being big-sized during the skidoo segment.
"Rhyme Time": In the rhyming storybook, Snail is on a whale that is the third clue. She and the whale both interact with Steve before and after he draws the whale in his Handy Dandy Notebook and before he heads to the Thinking Chair.
"Let's Write!": Snail is shown moving from behind the Thinking Chair at the very beginning of the episode with a sign that has his name in it. He paused twice, 1st when she noticed Joe put a sign with the word "hat" (which he just wrote) on the hat he was wearing, and 2nd when she agrees that Joe has been writing words and putting labels all over the house and when he pointed out some of them, including Snail. Snail was also seen continuing to move as Joe looked for the 1st clue.
"Blue's First Holiday": Snail is behind the VCR on the television, interacting with the others after the 2nd movie.
The following Blue's Clues & You! episodes feature Snail in more than just a background role:
Snail's eyes are below where an actual snail's eyes are (in real life a snail's eyes are on the tips of their antennae).
Snail also appeared on the back of every Blue's Clues VHS and DVD cover until Bluestock.
A 2002 introductory bumper that would play before an episode of Blue's Clues claimed that there are 3 individual snails in each episode (instead of Snail appearing in 3 different places). Whether this is true or not is unknown. Click here to view it.
In "Draw Along with Blue", Snail appeared as drawings in all three of his appearances: 1st on a pencil holder, 2nd hanging above the room where Steve skidoos into Chalkworld, and 3rd as a chalk drawing on the chalkboard leading to Chalkworld.
The hanging drawings also appeared in "Shy". They are visible while Snail himself hides behind a drinking fountain in Blue's school, making this an instance where there are two hidden snails in the exact same area at the exact same time, and possibly the first time that four snails appeared in an episode.
Snail's first appearance in "Occupations" shows him wearing a sun hat near a vase with flowers in it (along with a few that aren't in the vase yet), indicating that he was being a gardener or a florist.
Snail's first appearance in "Blue's Big Mystery " shows him wearing sunglasses like a spy or a secret agent.
At the very end of "The Wrong Shirt", when Steve turns on the lights for the last time during the So Long song and changed back into his regular-colored clothes, Snail appears behind Sidetable Drawer.