Saturday 1 November 2008
It’s official folks. This photo of a snail casually minding its own business on Project Rameka was sent through to DOC for id-ing. The identification came back as Powelliphanta hochstetteri, the native carniverous snail. This critter can grow to 65 to 70 mm in diametre – guess it’s all in the protein snaffled from unsuspecting bikers. Legend has it that bikers disappear on the Rameka after falling down unobserved tomos. We now know this to be untrue. They have been eaten by snails!!
Be very, very careful on your bike rides and walks in the Rameka. This snail is only small because the project is so young.