Channeled Apple Snail

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Channeled Apple Snail (Pomacea canaliculata)
Changi, 1st June 2008

30 of these apple snails were found scattered along a short stretch of shore at Changi Point, all very dead and smelling very bad, with many already seething with maggots. These are freshwater snails, so what were they doing in a coastal area, and why were there so many of them in such a small area? Apple snails are raised for human consumption in many parts of Southeast Asia, so my suspicion is that this was a misguided (and uninformed) attempt to release these snails in order to rescue them from the horrible fate of being eaten. A whole lot of good it did for the snails.

Releasing of Animals – Good or Bad? (mirror)

The Apple Snail (Ampullariidae) Website
Global Invasive Species Database

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