Story: Natural environment

Land snail (Wainuia urnula) eating an earthworm

Land snail (Wainuia urnula) eating an earthworm

New Zealand has more than 1,000 species of native land snails. Some are as big as the palm of a hand, although most, like this species, are much smaller. Land snail shells range in colour from red-brown to yellow and black, with whorls extending from the centre. Most species favour the forest floor, and some, such as Wainuia urnula, seen here, like to eat earthworms.

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Carl Walrond, 'Natural environment - Fauna', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 March 2023)

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