Powelliphanta snail: beautiful giants of the forest floor
Population: UnknownThreat status: Varies between species Found in: Native forests, especially around north–west Nelson and north Westland.Did you know: These species of native carnivorous snails are the largest in the world, some growing as big as a man’s fist. They suck up earthworms like spaghetti but are among our most threatened invertebrates. Rats and possums are major predators.
Powelliphanta snail is at risk from a predator plague caused by high levels of seed production ('beech mast') in 2014. Battle for our Birds protects Powelliphanta snail and other native species from predators.
Did you know earthworms are the preferred diet of Powelliphanta snails? Learn more facts about these giant snails.
Predation and habitat loss threaten the survival of Powelliphanta snails.
Find out about DOC's Powelliphanta snail conservation work.
Learn ways you can get involved in the conservation of Powelliphanta snails.
To protect our native wildlife the Department of Conservation is implementing the 'Battle for our Birds' predator control programme.
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