Albino snail found in New Zealand shows his true colour

Posted on 8:49 AM by Sameer Shah

As if there are not enough creatures down under to put off most travellers, now there are giant albino meat-eating snails to contend with.

It was spotted by a group of hikers in the wilderness of New Zealand.

Maria Brooks, who took this astonishing picture said: 'It is a rare albino giant Powelliphanta.

'It was seen by myself and some of the Waimea tramping club members.

'We were in the bush on the side of a walking track in Mt Arthur area of Kahurangi National Park in New Zealand.

'It is believed to be at least ten years old.

'The only times I have seen giant snails out during the day is when the bush is very moist from previous rain.

'Before I saw the white one I had seen a few ordinary ones. They generally have a brown/grey body.

Although it may be a good subject for a low budget horror movies, the Powelliphanta snail is not quite a man-eater - yet.

They can grow to around the size of a man's fist and lives for around 20 years.

They feed on worms and slugs and any other small creature that can't outrun a snail, not reputed to be the world's fastest creature.

They have few enemies, but remain endangered. They lay up to 10 eggs a year that are hard like a bird's

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