I observed the 2 for some time. The next day the Helix apersa shell was empty and clean from the inside! Perhaps we should use them as biological control especialy against the Theba Pisana. They do a lot of crop damage but the thing is i don't know if they feed only on the Helix aspersa. I really want to know why are these molluscs not found in the wildlife but only in gardens. I mean you find the
Brown garden snail in every nooke and cranny in Malta. Is the Decollate snail, the only carnivorous snail in Malta? And what intrigues me most is how does he manage to eat the flesh with those pathetic chitinous (am i right about the chitinous?) "teeth".
(Another peculiar thing is that i observed small (white) insects constantly running around the body of the decollate snail any ideas?)
If you don't believe what i say check this out:
A few photos........
- Some decollates in my garden
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- A carnivourous snail.
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The existence Rumina Decollata or the fact that the snail is omnivorous?
It says so on wikipedia it is carnivorous and is used as biological control against the helix aspersa in agriculture in North America and they also bury in the soil and eat annelids such as the earthworms. It says so on wiki!
Check out this link it shows a group of rumina feeding on a Helix:
I can tell you it's a hell of biological control i only see the hollow shells of the Cantareus (or Helix) in my garden!