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Kauri snail

Kauri snail

The giant kauri snail, found in Northland, was known to Māori as pūpūrangi. Shells can grow up to 6 centimetres across. The snail’s diet consists of earthworms, insects, insect larvae – and other snails. Widespread before human settlement, kauri snails are now endangered.

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Paddy Ryan, 'Snails and slugs - Flax snails, giant snails and veined slugs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Paddy Ryan, published 24 Sep 2007