Bermudian land snail programme

Bermudan land snail
This critically endangered endemic species of Bermudian land snail was almost eradicated from its mainland range due to several accidentally introduced predatory flat worm species and the predatory rosy wolf snail. ZSL was asked by Bermuda’s Department of Conservation Services (BDCS) to establish a secure breeding population of this species and to clarify that species life history and associated care requirements as part of the Government’s recovery programme for this species.

This species was almost eradicated from its mainland range due to several accidentally introduced predatory flat worm species and the predatory rosy wolf snail. ZSL was asked by Bermuda’s Department of Conservation Services (BDCS) to establish a secure breeding population of this species and to clarify that species life history and associated care requirements as part of the Government’s recovery programme for this species.

Key achievements and goals

ZSL has successfully bred, clarified the life history and developed husbandry guidelines for this species and following liaison with the Bermuda’s Department of Conservation Services (BDCS), 200 snails were returned to Bermuda, to establish an ex situ population at the Bermuda Aquarium Zoo and Aquarium as a prelude to field releases. We are collaborating with BDCS on the revision of the species recovery programme for this species.

Key Species

Bermudian land snail Poecilozonites circumfirmatus

People involved

ZSL London Zoo maintains the only ex situ population of this species outside of Bermuda.

Partners & Sponsors

Partners: Government of Bermuda’s Department of Conservation Services (BDCS) and the Bermudian Aquarium, Museum and Zoo (BAMZ).