Golden Rabbit Snail - Tylomelania gennifera

Golden Rabbit Snail - Tylomelania gennifera

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Rabbit Snails (Tylomelania sp.) are a genus of freshwater gastropods endemic to lakes Poso, Matano, Towuti, Lontoa, Mahalona, and Masapi on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

The Gold Rabbit Snail (Tylomelania gemmifera) found exclusively in Lake Matano, appears to have a bunny like “face” with an elongated head, drooping yellow antennae “bunny ears,” and a long, down turned mouth.   Another variety has a black body with yellow spots, yellow antennae, and yellow lips.   All are peaceful scavengers and one of the largest freshwater snails in the hobby, with some species reaching over 4 inches in length.