Flax snail, Mokohinau Islands
Growing as big as 115 mm, Flax snails/Pupurangi (Placostylus spp.) are not your average garden snails. They belong to the group of northern giant land snails, which contain some of New Zealand's largest snails.
Not your garden variety snail, did you know that the flax snail can grow as big as 115 mm? Learn more about this giant snail.
Habitat destruction and introduced predators are two of the greatest threats to the flax snail.
Find out about DOC's flax snail recovery plan and conservation actions.
Learn some of the ways you can help with flax snail conservation efforts.
Possums cause massive problems for New Zealand's native species. This video shows periodic use of the biodegradable poison 1080 to kill possums has reversed the decline in snail populations.
New Zealand land snails factsheet (PDF, 273K)
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