Land snails are important environmental indicators and biodiversity predictors and have a role to play in the monitoring of climate change. Their conservation should be a HIGH priority.
Australia has a number of endangered snail species. All are listed in the Australian Faunal Directory which is the best source for information on these snails
Some of the more well known endangered species are:
The Boggomoss Snail, Adclarkia dawsonensis
Mitchell’s Rainforest Snail, Thersites mitchellae
FIRE: Slow moving, soft bodied animals such as snails are prone to the affects of heat and flame. Hot fires are particularly destructive to snails, semi-slugs and slugs.
The burned shells of snails following a bush fire.
CLIMATE CHANGE: The drying effect of climate change on moist snail habitats is liable to lead to snail extinctions. Snails are excellent environmental indicators.