Small-shell

A Land Snail with small shell, Kitale, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

This terrestrial gastropod appears to be midway between snail and slug. About 20 mm. Herbivorous.

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Terrestrial Snail

Another Land Snail with small shell, Kitale, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

This terrestrial gastropod appears to be similar to the first snail. 20 mm.Found in Nairobi.

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Giant Land Snail

African Land Snail, photo © Michael Plagens

Large to very large land snails with golden and brown pattern on shell.

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Giant Slug

A giant slug from Nairobi, family Limacidae, © Michael Plagens

Large yellow or beige slug emerges on humid nights or during warm rains to feed on plant material.

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Giant Blue Slug

Limacidae from Iten, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

I wonder if these large land slugs exist in various color phases, or if there are separate species.

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Giant Slug #2

A giant slug from Nakuru, family Limacidae, © Michael Plagens

This boldly marked giant slug appears to be another species. Examination of an actual specimen is necessary.

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Cone Snail

Brightly marked Cone Snail from Mombasa, photo © Michael Plagens

Cone-shaped sea shells with bright, contrasting marks. These are a warning that live snails are venomous.

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Land Snail

A Land Snail from Kitale, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

A medium-sized spiral land snail feeding on foliage during moist weather conditions.

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 14 April 2012,
updated 18 January 2016

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya. I am new to exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I learn about them I am teaching myself. If I make errors I expect that a kind person will let me know so that I can make corrections.