Bloody big snail – 23rd Dec 2010

We saw, just outside our back door on the rock wall, a bloody big snail

Snail at Portland Roads

Snail at Portland Roads

– think it’s either Gnarosophia bellendenkerensis or Hadra webbi.

We have seen a few of these around the place (often at night) as well as discarded shells.

The shells are amazingly strong – you could probably break one with a hammer but not by standing on it.

We got Zoe (aged 6) to put her hand next to the snail – she was a little tentative as it is nearly asĀ  big as her hand.

Zoe’s index finger is 55mm long.

Snail at Portland Roads

Snail at Portland Roads with Zoe's hand