Quick Facts

  • Sometimes called “jumping snails”
  • Tail is modified with a caudal horn and the posterior part of the foot acts as a catapult
  • Adult snail is about 5-7 mm long

Species Facts:

The Ovachlamys fulgens is considered an important orchid pest. It is reported to attack a wide variety of horticultural plants, but the snails are mostly found among soil litter and become dormant during dry periods. It has been found on avocado, mango, Heliconia and Dracaena; however, little scientific data has been gathered on the biology of this species.

Portions of this article courtesy of: Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services
Image of Ovachlamys fulgens
(Photo from: www.bugwood.org Credit to: Charles Olsen)