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Rare Albino snail with fused eye stalks.
Cross eyed , Albino snail
yes indeed ,it is a true case of survival against all odds!
Thanks for adding it to my Mission, it's got 2 special characteristics cant say many animals survive with that but this one did!
Keith ,this albino Roman snail with fused eye stalks is one of a kind! Thanks for your mission on color morphs.
@Keithhttp://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/664......After seeing the above link , I am more sure that we have an albino!!
The snail looks healthy so I don't think it affected it though if snails could be cross eyed this one would be that.
and they are fused! Poor snail!
I didn't even notice that good point, but those are not antennae they are eye stalks the snails eyes.
and for that reason I tend to agree that this is an Albino.Rare. Thnx again.
@ Keith ,another unusual feature that I noticed in this snail is that it's two antenna are fused together.My conclusion is that this snail is abnormal.
Yep a good read - shell and body colours via separate genetic control ! That's just great. Thanks.
But then this link shows that Helix Pomata colors could be similar too.http://www.manandmollusc.net/taxonomy.ht...
Keith ,.that is a great link and great pic of Albino!!
Thnx Keith and Argy,very intriguing for me!i also found this Albino shell.http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/802...
Apparently shell color and body color come from two different sources so it's possible. http://petsnails.proboards.com/index.cgi...
If it's albino wouldn't the shell also be white?
Who would have thought that a snail could be an Albino! What next!
Keithp2012,thanks! I have been puzzling over this for long. i will add it to rare color morphs mission!
I think it has an albino body color
I was reading about snails in California and we do have Helix Aspera here .Helix pomatia was brought in by the French for eating purposes. However not many people liked its taste . Therefore they were released in the wild where they bred wildly. I am planning on rereading about Snails. i am just surprised to see so many sp.Yesterday I saw a tiny brown snail with a pure gold shell. It was only bright gold and shimmering! I took a pic . But the shimmering shell was creating a dazzle in the pic.Am a little confused .But thanks so much for your feedback about Helix Pomatia!!
@ Emma: I just learned that Helix aspersa is more common in the Mediterranean and Atlantic coast. It is also the one usually bred for eating or as pet, instead of the Helix pomatia. However, I'm not sure about the brown snail (it was identified as helix aspersa, too), maybe they can vary in color depending on which substrate they live and what they feed on.
Lat: 37.91, Long: -122.06
Spotted on Oct 22, 2011 Submitted on Oct 22, 2011