Orthalicus floridensis, 27 November 2015

Orthalicus floridensis, the Banded tree snail;
Monroe county, Florida (27 November 2015).

I came across this lovely Banded tree snail bunkered down along the edge of a path in the Big Cypress / Everglades region. If/when you do come across a dormant tree snail in south Florida, please be sure to not pry it from the tree because this can damage its epiphragm, a kind of mucus seal that helps the tree snail to resist desiccation during the dry season.

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