About 60 brightly colored snails from Mount Kaputar have been identified, surviving even though they are now without habitats due to the fires.
The news comes from Australia and is unbelievable: a phosphorescent snail residing in the country survived the forest fires despite having completely destroyed its habitat. About 60 of the snails of the Mount Kaputar brightly colored, which can reach the size of a human hand, were identified by the rangers of the National Parks and Wildlife Service They would have managed to survive the fire because they had “withdrawn into the rocky crevices” of the mountain where they were, as claimed by the malacologist of the Australian Frank Köhler Museum.
The Australian phosphorescent snail
The ecological community of Mount Kaputar includes three species of carnivorous snails that are not found anywhere else in the world and it is important that they are preserved. Phosphorescent ones may need about five years to recover from the fires and then survive at least 20 years. L'fiery apocalypse that hit Australia, meanwhile, continues to claim victims, after killing at least a billion animals; estimates are not yet final. the WWF has calculated that in early November the bonfires burned Gospers Mountains, reducing nearly 200,000 hectares of forests to ash and then reaching the Blue Mountains, a huge system of protected areas declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, of which about 20% has been burnt since October. The flames are estimated to have burned over 10% of the surface National Parks of New South Wales, the most affected region of the country but the phosphorescent snails have survived: is this a sign of hope and rebirth?