The Gastrocopta procera has adapted to its different environments in many ways.  An example of an adaptation, in Wisconsin, over-wintering and ‘hibernating’ during the freezing months of the year.  After the spring thaw, snails emerge from the soil and begin the processes of reproduction and scavenging for food. The snails prefer to live in areas of thatch, leaf-litter detritus, and under organic debris. G. procera must live in an open prairie area.  If the prairie becomes covered with thick tree vegetation, the snails are placed at a much higher risk for extinction.  If the open prairie becomes completely covered with woody vegetation, the G. procera cannot adapt to the change in temperature and amount of sunlight,causing the G. procera to die off (Gastrocopta procera) - WDNR).

Gastrocopta procera and other land snails move by well coordinated, wavelike contractions of the muscles on their ‘foot’.  The snail glides along a slimy mucus secreted by the foot which helps it travel over almost any surface and prevents injury to its delicate body (Snail Anatomy).

Land snails including the G. procera have a protective shell made of calcium carbonate that provides protection from predators and the environment.  If an environment becomes too dry, for example, the snail can withdraw its body back into its shell to prevent severe water loss (Wing Snaggletooth (Gastrocopta procera) - WDNR). Land snails also have elongated tentacles with an eye at the tip. These eyes help them find food, water, and safety from predators and can also be retracted if there is danger looming nearby (Nekola, Jeffery C.).