Photograph by Kelvin K. P. Lim

Land snails Sarika resplendens feeding on frog carcass

Location, date and time: Pulau Tekong, reclaimed land at the south; 7 July 2012; 2125 hrs.

Observation: Eight examples of Sarika resplendens, the largest about 1.5 cm in shell width, were observed nibbling on the carcass of a small frog, probably Field Frog (Fejervarya limnocharis).

Remarks: The cause of the frog’s death is not known, but it is not likely to have been killed by the snails, which appeared to be scavenging.

Although Sarika resplendens is known to be herbivorous and detritivorous, it has apparently not been recorded to consume animal flesh (Tan et al., 2012).

Reference:

  • Tan S. K., Chan S. Y. & G. R. Clements, 2012. A Guide to Snails and other Non-marine Molluscs of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre. 176 pp.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2015: 15