About two years ago, we launched a guidebook “A Guide to Snails and other Non-marine Molluscs of Singapore” to help enthusiasts find and identify snails and non-marine molluscs that can be found in Singapore, and to increase awareness and interest in the biology, ecology and shell forms of these molluscs.
The front cover picture of the guidebook featured the Temasek Snail (Amphidromus atricallosus temasek) and in the book, we mentioned how these native snails are confined to the older forests in Singapore. That was the first time I came across the Temasek Snail and two years have gone by since the few months of snail craze in our Department (read our past posts).
In NParks’ recent newsletter article “Conserving The Singapore Green Tree Snail”, I was excited to read about the Temasek Snail again. It was highlighted that the snail, introduced in the article as the Singapore Green Tree Snail, is endemic to Singapore and is facing a population decline due to rapid urbanisation and loss of habitat and exploitation by shell collectors. Hmm, shell collectors? Gosh, I do not wish to think about what they do to these endangered snails. 🙁
It was however a relief to read on in the article that through a population and distribution study of the land snails in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, preliminary results show that a healthy population of the Singapore Green Tree Snail still thrives within that area. The article ends with a call for people to refrain from collecting the snail shells which I thought we should echo. Hence, I would like to end off with a very common yet most relevant quotation for people who wanders into nature.
Take nothing but pictures
Leave nothing but footprints
If you are venturing into the nature reserve during this holiday season, let this be a gentle reminder for you!