I tried, but I'm clueless. For most species of snail, there just doesn't seem to be that much info available. It reminds me of the Anguispira alternata we have here in the U.S., but that particular species being found where you are is highly unlikely, especially considering that it's native to North America.
However, while searching for what your snail could be, I found that there's a book called "Field guide to the land snails and slugs of eastern South Africa". It might be worth checking out.
Ooh now that I see the other side of the shell... it actually looks a lot like an Achatina achatina baby! It's definitely a giant African land snail baby. Maybe an Archachatina? I'm not so good at picking them apart. But I have tiger snails and I got them as babies, and this one looks very much alike.
Can you entice the little guy out so we can see his face? Tiger snails have very "chubby" faces which is a bit different from many other giant African land snails that are more "slender".
Added a picture of a baby, apparently half a year old tiger snail for comparison. Silly link only wants to go to the top of the post for some reason, alas.
I thought that it might be something in the Achatinidae family, but I'm new to mollusc identification. And, we have the perfect climate for them so there are several species. I will post some photos as soon as I can of some of our snails. I'm waiting for the little guy to stick his head out myself, but he doesn't want to know about it. I gave him some lettuce, and gave him a misting, in the hopes that he'll stick his head out.
I was thinking that he looked like a baby tiger snail, however my Achatina albopicta have the same pattern at the very tip of their shell, as he grows it will become more obvious what kind of snail he is. I'd say he is an Achatina rather than Archachatina due to the apex being pointed and not rounded. Albopictas have quite a light brown skin whereas A. achatina have dark grey skin. See if you can tell when he finally comes out to say hello. I am leaning towards him being a tiger snail though!
Man, the angle of the picture really makes all the difference, doesn't it? Here I thought it was a disc-shaped snail. Looking at it now, it definitely looks like an Achatinidae, not that I'm any sort of expert on them.
Hi JV ! Yes that's a juvenile Achatinidae. Either an Achatina sp.or a Limicolaria sp., but the early whorls are too small to consider it to be an Archachatina. It is probably a baby A. zebra Bruguiere, 1792 ( quite common in your area ). Your library should carry publications on the species from RSA.
I am trying to take better photos, especially of the smaller species, So that I can start a thread in the photo section. I am currently using the browser on my phone, but when I have sufficient data on the computer, I will definitely post more photos.
Hi, I have come back to this thread to have another look only now I can not view some of the photos posted. If you click on the photos number it says "This forum has exceeded it's attachment space limit." I have tried to discuss this problem about threads that can be very helpful and educational to members and guests but without the photos they are not helpful. I did start a thread about optional donations to help this forum so we have more space but haven't received an answer from Paul yet. As a least few of us are for the Idea of donating to pay for more space but no way of knowing where to send our donations. I hope we can figure something out.
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