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Liguus Tree Snail

Liguus Tree Snail, Everglades National Park, Florida. These snails are especially notable for their relatively large size, and for their often brightly-colored shells, which sometimes have complex color patterning. Because of their visual appeal, the shells have been the target of heavy collection pressure — a serious issue since some varieties are very scarce, and some are believed to have become extinct within the 20th century.

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Taken on January 13, 2007