Meet The “Dracula” Under The Snails, The Fire Snail

We know about ‘cat people’ and ‘dog people’, but ‘snail people’?  Perhaps this attraction may have come from popular character Spongebob and his pet snail, Gary…?  It has come to light that actually there is quite a trend of keeping snails as pets – not really my cup of tea, but each to their own!

The Platymma tweediei that comes from Malaysia and must be the most unusual snail though, a bit creepy and is quite large too – an average hand size large.

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The Peninsula of Malaysia boasts the largest snail around called Platymma tweediei

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Whatever your preference for a pet, snails are quite fascinating.

The bright red colour that is rather dominant has also given it the name of ‘fire snail’ too.

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Snails are gastropods or mollusks that have shells and are found on land, sea and freshwater.

These fire snails are only found in the Peninsula of Malaysia

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Their secretion, or also known as ‘snail trail or snail slime’ is sometimes used in cosmetics and the body of the snail (depending on type of snail) is also eaten.  The shells are commonly used for jewelry and other ornamental items.

The distribution area is quite massive considering their size, 100km radius and 1000m above sea-level

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The largest recorded snail is called the Giant African Snail from Ghana.  Some snails are known to have grown up to 30cm!

Research sadly shows that these snails have been removed in massive numbers from their usual home environment to sell as pets.

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Their secretion aids in movement on rough terrain while their powerful and well-developed foot moves them along.

It is quite challenging to maintain their good health in captivity

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It is commonly known that snails are exceptionally slow, their average speed is about 1 mm per second.

Fire snails can only thrive in cool and humid conditions.

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The size of the shell covering on the snail develops according to the growth of the body of the snail.

Humidity levels in the Malaysian town of Tanah Rata is 79%

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A healthy dose of calcium both in diet and surroundings is required to keep the snail in optimum health and ensure good strong growth of the both the snail and shell

Unfortunately even with the difficulties of keeping these snails alive in captivity, doesn’t seem to deter the collectors of them

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An operculum is a door-like formation that protects the snail when it withdraws into its shell.

Exotic pet collectors deem these strange looking snails as a treasured item.

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Common areas for land snails are moist and damp with moss covered surfaces.

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