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Powelliphanta
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πŸ“½ by Kerry Weston, NZ department of conservation

Powelliphanta are a genus of large, carnivorous land snails.

The can grow as big as a fist by sucking down earthworms and slugs with their lightning quick reflexes.

These snails use a radula to break down their prey: a tongue-like belt of teeth with serated edges.

The radula slowly scrapes and grinds the worm down into smaller pieces as the tiny bits of flesh get swallowed.

These snails are endangered, so for the time being the best place to see them in action is in captivity.

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