12 Oct 2018

Critter of the Week Giant land snails

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 3:25 pm on 12 October 2018
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Photo: DOC Kath Walker

Slow-growing and slow-moving, long-lived and only found here; New Zealand’s giant land snails are not the ones to blame for the holes in your garden lettuces. 

Powelliphanta augusta and other snails of this genus are carnivorous and have adapted over millions of years to exist only in very specific habitats. 

DOC’s Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki, explains how this can become a problem for survival. And you can read an in-depth piece on the critter here

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