seen? This large snail is sometimes seen in our back mangroves.
Sometimes, their empty shells are washed ashore on beaches near mangroves.
Elsewhere, they are also found in Nipah
palm (Nypa fruticans) groves.
Features: 4-9cm. Shell thick and
oval or elongated, plain brown. White at the shell opening. It breathes
air (instead of through gills like most other marine snails). The
animal is large with a fat pale body and short tentacles, some with
pretty white patterns.
What does it eat? It grazes on
algae growing on mangrove trees and on the ground.
Human uses: Traditionally collected
as food by Indonesian coastal dwellers.
Status and threats: The Mangrove
land snail (Ellobium scheepmakeri) is listed as 'Critically
Endangered' on the list of threatened animals of Singapore due to
Trail, Dec 10
Changi Creek, Apr 09
snails on Singapore shores
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.