Monday, December 5, 2011

Coming out of his shell: Albino snail found in New Zealand shows his true colour


Albino snail: This rare creature, spotted in New Zealand, is thought to be at least ten-years old

As if there are not enough creatures down under to put off most travellers, now there are giant albino meat-eating snails to contend with.
It was spotted by a group of hikers in the wilderness of New Zealand.
Maria Brooks, who took this astonishing picture said: 'It is a rare albino giant Powelliphanta.

This giant weta, a cricket-like creature, was discovered last week on on Little Barrier Island, in New Zealand. The creepy crawly, with a wing span of over seven inches, weighs a staggering 71 grams

'It was seen by myself and some of the Waimea tramping club members.
'We were in the bush on the side of a walking track in Mt Arthur area of Kahurangi National Park in New Zealand.
'It is believed to be at least ten years old.
'The only times I have seen giant snails out during the day is when the bush is very moist from previous rain.
'Before I saw the white one I had seen a few ordinary ones. They generally have a brown/grey body.

source: dailymail

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