Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

Albino Roman Snail

Helix Pomatia

Description:

Rare Albino snail with fused eye stalks.



1 species ID suggestions

Roman snail
Helix pomatia EOL: Helix pomatia

36 Comments (1–25)

Casey3
Casey3 12 months ago

He has a beautiful shell. Poor little snail!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah a year ago

Cross eyed , Albino snail

Hema Shah
Hema Shah a year ago

Thnx Katara.

katarafaith
katarafaith 3 years ago

Cool

Ursula Fricke
Ursula Fricke 3 years ago

Fascinating!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 3 years ago

yes indeed ,it is a true case of survival against all odds!

keithp2012
keithp2012 3 years ago

Thanks for adding it to my Mission, it's got 2 special characteristics cant say many animals survive with that but this one did!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 3 years ago

Keith ,this albino Roman snail with fused eye stalks is one of a kind! Thanks for your mission on color morphs.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 4 years ago



@Keith
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/664......
After seeing the above link , I am more sure that we have an albino!!

keithp2012
keithp2012 4 years ago

The snail looks healthy so I don't think it affected it though if snails could be cross eyed this one would be that.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 4 years ago

and they are fused! Poor snail!

keithp2012
keithp2012 4 years ago

I didn't even notice that good point, but those are not antennae they are eye stalks the snails eyes.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 4 years ago

and for that reason I tend to agree that this is an Albino.Rare. Thnx again.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 4 years ago

@ 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.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Yep a good read - shell and body colours via separate genetic control ! That's just great. Thanks.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 4 years ago

But then this link shows that Helix Pomata colors could be similar too.
http://www.manandmollusc.net/taxonomy.ht...

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 4 years ago

Keith ,.that is a great link and great pic of Albino!!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 4 years ago

Thnx Keith and Argy,very intriguing for me!
i also found this Albino shell.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/802...

keithp2012
keithp2012 4 years ago

Apparently shell color and body color come from two different sources so it's possible. http://petsnails.proboards.com/index.cgi...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

If it's albino wouldn't the shell also be white?

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 4 years ago

Who would have thought that a snail could be an Albino! What next!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 4 years ago

Keithp2012,thanks! I have been puzzling over this for long. i will add it to rare color morphs mission!

keithp2012
keithp2012 4 years ago

I think it has an albino body color

p.young713
p.young713 5 years ago

Interesting Emma!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

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!!

California, USA

Lat: 37.91, Long: -122.06

Spotted on Oct 22, 2011
Submitted on Oct 22, 2011

Related spottings

snail Garden Snail Roman Snail Burgundy Snails

Nearby spottings

Holly Blue Cobwebs and spiders Apple Lemon Grasss