Snails from around the Globe
The classic common and garden snails are seemingly harmless until you invite a whole host of them to live in your garden, and question why you keep finding decimated plants.
They are by no means the only breeds out there that seek to wreak havoc though.
In fact, let’s take a look at a few others now, from around the globe.
The Moon Snail
Don’t be fooled by this snail’s deceivingly pretty name, as, in reality, it is not as harmless as it may sound.
Commonly found in the Pacific Northwest, and often nicknamed the ‘Shell Drilling Snail’ due to its horrific method of killing prey, it tends to target other molluscs.
Once it’s found its prey, it will penetrate the shell using its barbed tongue before exuding a strong acid, which will soon dissolve the prey’s outer shell, leaving it exposed to the Moon Snail.
Amazingly, more than 400 species of this particular snail have been discovered, and they tend to be native to tropical oceans.
Unfortunately, they are no kinder than the Moon Snail, perhaps even worse, thanks to the disturbing way they kill their prey, which includes catching fish with their spines before injecting venom and devouring the flesh.
There have been quite a few records of humans stepping on these snails or trying to handle this species, which is also said to be aggressive when provoked.
Otway Black Snail
Found in New Zealand and Australia, this snail has a nasty appetite for insects and rips its prey apart once captured.
More interestingly, perhaps, the Otway Black Snail could live for as many as 20 years, as it has adapted to its immediate environment, providing it with the necessary hunting tools to be able to survive.
These are just three snails from around the globe, all of which have a rather ghastly way of killing their prey.
Of course, our native snails are no better in their habits of destroying our foliage, so if you do require advice on how to deal with a snail infestation, please get in touch today or see our blog for more information.
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