I just found 30 Limicolaria numidica babies! A total surprise, as I haven't seen them mate or laying eggs. But here they are, so tiny:
I think it looks like some are light (no stripes) and some are dark (visible stripes), but I guess time will tell. I'm so excited! This is especially pleasing because it is still over a month before it is possible to order new snails to Norway, and because I lost all my A. reticulatas earlier this winther. And one of their parents:
What a great surprise! Your adult Limicolaria numidica shells are so beautiful. All of your little babies are so adorable and beauties. I just love how the babies shells are sort of rounded and stubby compared to the adults. So cute. Congratulations! vallery
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Thank you! I'm actually not sure about what the difference is between L. numidica and L. flammea. I trust the seller on the name, but would like to know more. I think they look very much the same, so any information on this is apreciated!
After seeing that link that evil angel posted I would allso go for l. charbonnieri rather than numidica. Differences are mainly in the shells,in their shape/size/colouring etc. And sometimes allso in the body colour.I don´t know is there any other difference.
I can't find any images of the body of L. charbonnieri. I would hesitate to judge the specie only by it's shell. L. charbonnieri is found in Congo, while I think my snails originated from Cameroon, as L. numidica does. I would not be surprised if the markings on the shells could vary a lot within the same specie.
Those are really lovely! Congratulations. The adult is really beautiful as well, those babies have a lot to live up to! How easy or hard are these snails to care for? Do they have any special requirements?
Thank you! I think they are quite easy. That means none of mine have died (got my 3 last summer) and they did reproduce. They grow slower than GALS and are a lot smaller (ca. 5cm). I keep them with my Achatina sp.
Wow tsrebel ! Nice limis ! Special ones, not often seen. Limicolaria are probably the most difficult of the family to identify due variability of shell pattern; also many albinos. I think the name you have for this species is correct. They are all L. numidica ( Reeve, 1848) and all from Cameroon. There are similar patterned shells ( often referred on the internet) to L. charbonnieri Bourguignat, 1889. This species is confined to the great lakes area of central Africa ( Goma, Zaire, Central African Republic, etc. ) and is a little different. I will post another tab on this species if there is interest.
Thanks, Brunni! Yes, I'd like to see the difference. I've had a hard time with babies this winter, so I'm just hoping some will survive. There is hope for even more babies, and I've developed a deep love for Limicolarias. Since they are smaller and grow slower than other achatinids, it will take a while before they are ready to sell, but I'll let you all know
Awww, what a nice surprise! Is it just me, or do snails seem to have a habit of making babies with the utmost secrecy? I never see mine court each other or mate, yet I keep finding hoards of new babies. By contrast, I see the slugs doin' it all the time and I don't get nearly as many surprises from them.
I am suggesting that for future researchers this important tab be renamed and relocated. @ tsrebel : can you change the heading to read just "Limicolaria numidica" or "Limicolaria numidica from Cameroon" @ moderator : can we more this post to the Species Pictures for Website area ?