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How the Almost Extinct Stockton Mine Native Worms Bounced Back

The worst thing about animals getting extinct is that the future generations will never get the chance to see them, ever. This was about to be the case with the very rare South Island snails that got saved from the jaws of extinction by experts who moved in quickly and moved the Buller region snails and took care of them.

Reports say that this rare snail species is not only safe in the hands of these skilled scientists and zoologists but are indeed thriving. The department of conservation captured and relocated close to 4000 of these Stockton Mine’s native species back in 2006, a move that has seen them flourish despite being in danger of extinction.

Speaking to biodiversity ranger Rodney Philips in a recent interview, he couldn’t hide his delight because the mission was to save the rare snails and keep them alive. But the breeding success that has been experienced recently was apparently beyond anyone’s expectation and were, needless to say, thrilled with the outcome.

Under favorable circumstances, the snail can grow to the tune of 8 cm. Another interesting fact about these almost extinct slimy snails is that they only eat four times a month and their favorite cuisine is none other than an earthworm. They get to use their superbly strong sucking muscles to swallow their prey whole. You have an in-depth read about the worms by clicking on the link

After stabilizing their conditions and making sure that their numbers enable them to stay clear of any dangers that might lead to extinction, the experts intend on reintroducing them into their natural habitat, which should be much sooner than later if their rate of increase keeps up.

The experts have been releasing the slimy snails sparingly back into their natural habitat for the past decade, and to date, almost 7400 of them have been taken back.

The experts have been keeping tabs on how they are faring on and so far, so good. A lot of studies have also been carried out since their capture back in 2006. The scientists have also known all about the conducive conditions for the snails too.

And since their conditions were improved, it was a tad easier for them to shift their focus on procreation which has resulted in their numbers increasing a great deal.