A rarity in the snail world, Partula give live birth to a single offspring every 4-6 weeks, as opposed to a typical brown garden snail that lays hundreds of eggs each year (in fact, Partula or Parca is the Roman goddess of live childbirth). Slo-o-o-w growers (sorry for the pun!), they can live up to around 5 to 6 years.
Plans are underway to reintroduce P. nodosa back to Tahiti in the next couple of years in what is being billed as the world's smallest wildlife preserve: an approximately 20 meter square protected site that will contain the released specimen. The first step is shipping some of our snails to London's (U.K.) Imperial College for a study to ensure the viability of the snails and to make sure that no nasty pathogens or parasites would be released with them (you always want to make sure that you're not releasing something worse than what originally caused the problem in the first place!). So hopefully before September, a small number of our snails will be safely packed away and headed off on a flight to Heathrow.
Learn more about our Partula snail conservation project