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Old Aug 9, 2008, 10:05 PM   #1
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These are not the best shots (taken with the 18-55 kit lens) but you can get the idea.
The Limpkin eats primarily apple snails. These can get quite large. This is a shot of my granddaughter going after one.:-)
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Here is mamma with one of four little ones.

teaching Jr. to hunt.

he's not paying attention..,
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There are three little ones here, can you see all three?



They think they are safe behind these plants...:-)



hope you enjoyed.:bye:
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I have seen the limpkins but I have never seen such a huge freshwater snail shell before. I remember reading a year or two ago that Winter Haven had a lake or lakes invaded by a non native snail, is this one of those? You could brain somebody with one of those shells!

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Those snail are huge! I have never seen snails that large before, do people eat them?

I also have never see a Limpkin, so I guess I should get out more!

Thanks for sharing!

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I have seen the limpkins but I have never seen such a huge freshwater snail shell before.* I remember reading a year or two ago that Winter Haven had a lake or lakes invaded by a non native snail, is this one of those?* You could brain somebody with one of those shells!

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Apple snails are native. They are the preferred (only?) food of Limpkins and the endangered Snail Kites (also called Everglades Kites).
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Penolta, I remember now where I read about these snails, I volunteer to gather samples for the University of Florida and their newsletter had an article on them. Apparently the really large snails are Channeled Apple Snails, a non-native snail that is wreaking havoc wherever it gets established. They also crowd out the native Florida Apple Snail.

I found this archived copy of the article in the Polk County newsletter, the article was on page 6.

http://www.le-ad.org/L00003LEADNewsletterFinal.pdf

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Tim,
Thanks for the link!
I'm learning new stuff every day.
Here is a picture of what the eggs look like.


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Penolta, I remember now where I read about these snails, I volunteer to gather samples for the University of Florida and their newsletter had an article on them.* Apparently the really large snails are Channeled Apple Snails, a non-native snail that is wreaking havoc wherever it gets established.* They also crowd out the native Florida Apple Snail.

I found this archived copy of the article in the Polk County newsletter, the article was on page 6.

http://www.le-ad.org/L00003LEADNewsletterFinal.pdf

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Thanks for that, Tim - I thought that GW's snail shells looked larger than any I remembered. So many exotics have become established in Florida since I left there, that I probably wouldn't recognize half of the plants and animals I would see if I returned. The place is a veritable zoo now.
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The place is a veritable zoo now.
I represent that remark!
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