The Everglades

Tree Snail

The tree snail has 50 different color combinations.

Some tree snails look like jewels. Their coild shell is about 18 cm. long.

The tree snail eats lichen which is two kinds of plants, fungus and algae.

The tree snail lays its eggs on a tree branch. The tree snail feeds its babies, but then leaves them. Before it has its babies, it will estivate.

The tree snail lives near fresh water on trees of the hardwood hammock. During the dry season the snails protect themselves by forming a cover of mucus and lime across the opening of their shell. The colorful shells are often collected as a hobby, but in the Everglades National Park, tree snails are protected by law.

The Tree Snail lives in the hammock habitat.


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