Snail Rider

Permanent Exhibition
Putarri Reserve, 30 Putarri Ave, St Ives NSW 2075
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Snail Rider
Native snails occur in both urban and bushland habitats in the Ku-ring-gai municipality however few people would know they are present. Most species are tiny leaf litter dwellers belonging to the families Charopidae and Punctidae however some larger species belong to the families Strangesta 'Ku-ring-gai'(carnivorous snails),Parmavitrina 'Central Coast(semi slugs) Austrochloritis 'Sydney(red triangle slugs) and Camaenidae (Meridolum and Austrochloritis snails). Most of the native snail species in Ku-ring-gai are found in the surrounding municipalities, shires and cities of Lane Cove, Willoughby, Hornsby, Warringah, Pittwater, Ryde and Baulkham Hills however one large species of undescribed carnivorous snail – Strangesta Ku-ring-gai is endemic to Ku-ring-gai and Woollahra municipalities only and is endangered though at present unlisted. Another large species – the undescribed semi slug Parmavitrina 'Central Coast' – is known only from a single locality in Kuringai though it is more common north of the Hawkesbury River.

Gillie and Marc created this interactive snail sculpture for a playground in Ku-ring-gai.