the red bellied black snail

By: Kirsty

May 11 2010

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

12 Comments

Aperture:f/5
Focal Length:70mm
ISO:400
Shutter:1/59 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).

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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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