From the cloud forest of Cameron Highlands, the beautiful and mystical Platymma tweediei, the largest endemic snail from the Peninsula Malaysia (arguably the bertia brookei from Borneo is larger). It is also known as the Fire snail for its beautiful red foot. It is also being studied as the density of the population is said to be only 100 km radius and it was intensely collected as pets for its beautiful snail but it is one species that is very difficult to keep alive as it lives in very cool and humid temperature (in Europe it is cool but it is not humid (the humidity in Tanah Rata is 79%!), thus causing it to die quickly). It is found in more than 1000m above sea level, never lower. Maybe protected in the future. This snail is made up of very little calcium but thick robust silky black periostracum which is very unique. A real collectors’ item for the terrestrial snail collector!

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Platymma tweediei – Beautiful!

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Platymma tweediei – Beautiful!

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Platymma tweediei – Beautiful!

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Platymma tweediei – Big & superb quality!

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Platymma tweediei – Large!

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Platymma tweediei – Very nice quality specimen!

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Platymma tweediei – Very rare & superb quality!

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Platymma tweediei – Very rare & beautiful!

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Platymma tweediei – Very rare & beautiful!