This is a snail my younger brother found on the trail near our house. I'd never seen one before, but apparently they're native to the Pacific Northwest. Some information I read said their numbers were declining, which could account for the lack of previous sightings. It laid eggs shortly after adjusting to its new home, so I have pics of the babies as well. I also read that they eat moss, but it wasn't terribly interested. It is very shy, though, and prefers to stay under cover most of the time. We haven't actually named it yet, other than to call it "The Big Red Snail" or, in my brother's case "The Great Red Dragon" after the Hannibal Lecter movie. Anyway, it's very sweet and doesn't seem to mind the occasional handling. Proud to have introduced a new species to the board!
I love these snails, I see them occasionally at my house but mostly they stay farther back in the forest because they havent adjusted to human activity as well as other local snails like the oregon forestsnail... i have some very informative articles about them if anyone is interested (and if i can figure out how to post them from my onenote)
Ok, I saved the documents i had as pdf files, i hope they work cuz i have recently transfered all my physical notes i had on paper into oneNote on my computer and itd be nice to share my findings with you guys.
ok the file size is wayyy too large so ill have to figure out a way to compress it and get back to you guys