Revista de Biología Tropical ISSN Impreso: 0034-7744 ISSN electrónico: 2215-2075

Giant fight: New Zealand's desperate efforts to save its carnivorous snails

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Monge-Nájera, J. (2020). Giant fight: New Zealand’s desperate efforts to save its carnivorous snails. Revista De Biología Tropical, (7). Retrieved from


Isolated from the world for 80 million years, New Zealand's giant carnivorous snails never developed resistance to desiccation and lack jaws. Some are in danger of extinction, and desperate measures like spraying poison on their enemies have not worked.



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