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Land Snail

Hygromiidae

a land snail from Kitale, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in a secondary forested area near Kitale, Kenya, January 2012.

If a Malacologist happens upon this page, hopefully he or she will be able to put a closer name on this poor photograph of a land snail.

Many land snails, but not all, are either herbivores or detritivores. When conditions are too dry the animals can close a flap called a hyperculum, and remain moist and safe inside their shell until rains come again.

Hygromiidae -- a Land Snail Family

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