Monday, March 19, 2007

Land Snail

Land snail
I haven't been able to find a good natural history book on Puerto Rico so I cannot give you proper names of all the plants and critters I am seeing. Maybe I'll find either a book or spend some time searching later.
We saw this very large land snail perched on a tree in El Yunque yesterday.
This shot is posted for my blog contact A Snail's Eye View down in Melbourne, Australia who has a scientific interest in such creatures.
We are cruising the south coast of Puerto Rico today so I should have more interesting photos to post soon. We're also moving from rain forest to desert so expect a cactus or two.


Snail said...

I'm pretty sure it belongs to the family Camaenidae. I'm not hugely familiar with the snails in that part of the world but it will be a Polydontes, Caracolus or Pleurodonte. I think a bunch of them have been introduced into Florida. (Which doesn't help with the ID at all, but I thought I'd mention it!)

Debo Blue said...

Cool! Makes me hungry:-)

sognatrice said...

Wow, what a snail!

Kimberley McGill said...

Another great shot!

Javier said...

I'm from Puerto Rico. I have a friend that was conducting a research with these guys and it is a Caracolus caracola. I'm pretty sure of it, because I helped her to collect more than a hundred of these guys.