For the most part, the coloured snails live in trees and shrubs, eating lichens and mosses, which are the sources of the minerals that give their shells the stunning colours. Whether or not the colouring protects them from humans or predators - or provides some other advantage for the snails - remains unknown. The snails are ecologically important for us all; by devouring mosses and bark fungi, they also help keep trees healthy, including in coffee plantations.
To protect Cuba’s painted snails from people stealing them, snail experts and colleagues are working to educate Cubans and visitors about the animals’ rarity and vulnerability.
They are studying the snails’ biology, with a view to raising them in captivity and releasing them in the wild. They are also partnering with farmers in eastern Cuba to encourage them to care for the animals on their land.
In the future, It is envisioned that snail-watching tours could be arranged, providing economic incentives for their preservation and conservation.
Let’s joint hands together to help with this life saving mission and support Eenie’s cousins, family and friends.
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Eenie introduces us to some of his insect and animal friends, to different places, to the ways of the weather and to the wonderful world. Eenie also shows us how to feel happy and healthy! READ MORE >
Dr Linda Spedding creates this charming world of Eenie, the sparkly snail who enjoys wonderful adventures, sights and sounds - despite his very small stature- in a world where right values are illustrated and rhymed as memorable guides for young children.