Photo of the week: Kauri snail eggs

Department of Conservation —  23/08/2017

Did you know that snails lay eggs?


Photo: Gregory Sherley

These are the eggs of our native kauri snail. These giant snails can live for 20 years or more, and are very active – for snails. They have been known to move a whole 10 metres in two weeks.

Giant snails like the kauri snail were originally widespread in Northland, however many of them have become endangered or threatened since human settlement. They are now only found in small parts of Northland and some offshore islands.

Find out more about these snails and how you can help protect them on our website.

5 responses to Photo of the week: Kauri snail eggs


    Learn something new everyday. Woah! I should know this as I live in New Zealand.

    Jane Hughes 23/08/2017 at 9:30 am

    I’m impressed – I didn’t know their eggs were so huge! What are powelliphanta eggs like?


    I had no idea they lay eggs! You’ve inspired me to do a post on kauri snails myself now as you people have done several posts and the DOC website has a good page. I intend to make up a post using 2 or 3 DOC photos and some of your info and link back to your posts and web page. Thanks for being on WordPress – I enjoy your posts and especially this one and the other kauri snail ones I’ve found!!!

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