Tropical visitor?

Along with the tropical plants that I recently added to my collection came a bonus...


...of sorts. It's a snail! Why do I use an exclamation point when I write that? Surely I'm not a fan of these vegetation munching pests, am I?



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Well, I am (since I'm a fan of all creatures living in the garden, "pest" or not), but to me the more exciting thing...


...is that it has a shell! The snails and slugs we have here are quite small, and to see something even this "big" (about 5/8" or 16mm long) with a shell is quite a treat!


This is the plant in which I saw it, Russelia equisetiformis:


Will this guy be able to survive our winters? Will it even leave this plant? If it does will a bird immediately spot it?

So many questions, but for now I'll just enjoy:



Does anybody happen to know what species of snail this is?

I'll look for a grower tag to see where this plant originated -- that might help with an ID.

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Mark and Gaz  – (July 22, 2015 at 6:51 AM)  

No idea but surprised a snail that size is unusual there :)

Alan  – (July 22, 2015 at 10:59 AM)  

Mark/Gaz: I know you have some pretty large snails there, but we don't. A slug that's 1" long is a giant!

outlawgardener  – (July 23, 2015 at 9:11 AM)  

Snails are way cooler than slugs! The shell makes them special.

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