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.

5 comments:

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.