In the forests of New Zealand, among a wide variety of snails, are giant Powelliphanta or amber snails, “giant” meaning around the size of a man’s fist (up to 91mm or 3.6 in long). These beautiful, endangered creatures break expectations beyond their size: they live to 20 years or more, they lay hard-shelled eggs that take months to hatch, they’re nocturnal, carnivorous, and they have at least one speedy skill: catching earthworms. File under: This video was a surprise.

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via IFLScience.

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