Powelliphanta snail.

Powelliphanta snail: beautiful giants of the forest floor

Population: Unknown
Threat 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.

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