Cuban Land Snail (Polymita picta)

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She is holding a handful of empty Polymita picta shells, a brightly colored land snail that is endemic to the mountain forests of the region. I never did see one alive but was absolutely thrilled to see so many shells in person.

Aren’t they gorgeous? They are considered to be one of the most, if not THE most beautiful snail genus in the world. I like snails in general and have a hard enough time killing them in my garden. I usually just move them to another area. Bad strategy, I know. But if they were as beautiful as these, I might have to give up altogether.

“Okay, you can have the kale.”

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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4 thoughts on “Cuban Land Snail (Polymita picta)

  1. Oh Gayla, they are so beautiful! I have some sea shells that look kind of like these, but not that gorgeous yellow. Just stunning.

  2. And to think that they’re salad killing machines. Such a shame.

    Were the inhabitants of the pretty shells the same pretty yellow?

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