the red bellied black snail

By: Kirsty

May 11 2010

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Category: bush magic, creatures, Daily Photos, little things


Focal Length:70mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II

flamenco snail

No, I’m not kidding, no photoshop involved, this really is a red bellied black snail. My sharp-eyed first born child found it yesterday beside the Acheron River on Mt Donna Buang. I, on the other hand, found a leech which tried to attach itself to my eye, but that’s another story.

I have looked up details of this little guy and I think he’s Victaphanta atramentaria. According to the Museum of Victoria he is a ‘forest secret’. He is a native land snail and he is carnivorous. If I had known that at the time I would have been much more careful handling him.

One thing about photographing molluscs. There’s no rush. It took at least a couple of minutes for him to pop his antennae out after the shock of being picked up and placed in suitably photogenic surrounds. After he relaxed he was a very co-operative model. (I’m assuming he’s male because he’s so colourful, but maybe that only applies to birds).

12 comments on “the red bellied black snail”

  1. Gorgeous image. Lovely colors and bokeh. Very well seen (and situated). 🙂

  2. What a handsome little fellow. Enjoying your photo`s immensely.

  3. He makes a very good subject – no fidgeting! Very colourful mollusk, I wonder what he eats, being carniverous? probably other little creatures eh. I’ve never seen a snal as colourful as this Kirsty, does he make a trail too like most snails (and is it red?) snail art eh:) lovely picture as usual, you are SO good with your camera!

  4. Thank-you for introducing us to the red bellied black snail! Beautifully photographed!

  5. Beautiful! ….and I never thought I’d say that about a snail. I don’t say that because I think they are ugly. I just never looked this close before.

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