|Shell of Bradybaena similaris|
Helix similaris Férussac, 1821
Bradybaena similaris is the type species of the genus Bradybaena.
This species is native to Southeast Asia, but it has been accidentally introduced to many areas around the world.
The distribution includes:
The introduced distribution includes states on the Gulf of Mexico, and it is widespread in Florida, USA.
It has become widespread in Eastern Australia, usually living in association with exotic weeds.
The width of the shell is about 12 to 16 mm with 5½ whorls. The color of the shell is light brown, often with a single, apical chestnut band. The shell is sculptured with fine, irregular growth lines and fine spiral striae. The lip of the adult shell is reflected and the columella is partially covering the umbilicus.
The Asian trampsnail protects itself by camouflaging with its surroundings. Also use the leaf to stay hidden from predators. They also learn to hide in their shell to "play dead".
Land snails are mainly herbivorous, which means they eat plant life. There are a few snails that are carnivores, but chances are that your snail in not. Snails love to eat just about anything you would put in a garden salad. My recommendation is to start with some romaine, green leaf or even ice burg lettuce. Snails tend to like the softest and wettest part of the plant. If you have an herb garden that produces far more herbs than you need then try picking the newest leaves off of some of your herbs to see if they like them. Apples and carrots can also be a favorite of your pet snail.
As an introduced species, the Asian trampsnail is often found in areas with tall grasses and high humidity. Typically this species is found in gardens, greenhouses, and similar habitats, sometimes retreating under logs or fallen branches.
It feeds on a wide variety of plants including citrus and is considered as pest in agriculture. This snail is often exported by accident from Florida to other areas and thus poses a quarantine problem for Florida.
This species of snail creates and uses love darts during mating.Snail eggs generally take 2-4 weeks to hatch, lifespan 2-3 years.
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- Stange L. A. (created September 2004, updated March 2006). "Snails and Slugs of Regulatory Significance to Florida". Division of Plant Industry, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. accessed 27 August 2010.
- "Asian Trampsnail, Gulf State Marine Fisheries Commission". Retrieved 2007-09-29.
- Almeida M. N. & Bessa E. C. A. (2001). "Estudo do crescimento e da reprodução de Bradybaena similaris (Mollusca, Xanthonychidae) em laboratório. [Growth and reproduction of Bradybaena similaris (Férussac) (Mollusca, Xanthonychidae) in laboratory conditions]". Revista Brasileira de Zoologia 18(4): 1115-1122. doi:10.1590/S0101-81752001000400010. PDF.
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