The most important land animal in the world today, land snail, is under threat from habitat destruction.
The world’s largest land snail can reach up to 2 feet (60 centimeters) long and weigh as much as 500 pounds (230 kilograms).
The species is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
In its quest to secure its future, the snail has been forced to adapt to new habitats.
“In its current state, the population of land snails has been decimated,” says the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission.
Land snails, which live on the land, use their front legs to walk.
Their back legs are designed to propel themselves through water and burrow down into cracks.
The snail’s front legs are also used for walking and jumping.
In the wild, the species has been found to live in tropical and subtropical habitats, with a population estimated at about 200,000.
It is found primarily in tropical jungles and savannahs in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Scientists are still studying the impact of climate change on the snail’s habitat.
Experts say the snail is facing threats to its habitat because of deforestation and soil erosion, but they believe the species can withstand the loss.
A snail’s life depends on the soil and water it inhabits, which may not be able to regenerate in future.
Researchers believe the snail may be able adapt to future changes in its habitat.
“They are a unique species in the tropical rainforest because they live on two continents, both of which have significant habitat loss,” says biologist and ecologist at the National Museum of Natural History and Science, Dr. Elizabeth Fenn.
IUCNM and other scientists have identified three areas where the snail might be able thrive, but it’s unclear whether they will be enough to offset the losses caused by deforestation.
According to Fenn, the IECS considers land snail to be a “near-threatened” species.
If the snail were to survive the destruction, the habitat will be lost to the species, says Fenn.
“The snail is now living in a habitat that has been lost to it,” she said.
While some experts say the snails’ habitat is threatened, others say the species is not endangered.
As the snail evolves, so will its population.
Its numbers will eventually decline to zero, but the species still needs to develop new methods of capturing prey.
Mimicking snails in their ability to capture prey, scientists have discovered the “snail’s” ability to move through water is a great advantage when hunting prey.
Scientists are studying how to mimic the snail’s ability to swim in order to capture its prey.
“If we can make snails swim in water to get their prey, that would mean that they’re really more intelligent than we thought,” says Fann.
When snails can walk on land, they become more difficult to catch, but this could be the snail that protects the world’s wildlife.