Captive breeding of the endemic giant flax snail Placostylus ambagiosus in New Zealand

  • Published source details Stringer I. (2005) Captive breeding of the endemic giant flax snail Placostylus ambagiosus in New Zealand. Conservation Evidence, 2, 90-91.


Juvenile flax snails Placostylus ambagiosus experience high mortality from introduced predators. Snails were kept in a terrarium with constant high humidity, regular moisture and a relatively constant temperature. Leaves, especially from karaka tees Corynocarpus laevigatus, were provided as food but the juveniles also fed on the algae allowed to build up within the terrarium. They eventually bred successfully and grew faster than in the wild.


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