Help us complete the first citizen science snail survey focusing on the urban areas of Southern California by finding snails and slugs, taking photos of them, and uploading them to the SLIME iNaturalist page.
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The question at the heart of this project is, “What is the biodiversity of land snails and slugs in Los Angeles County?” All over the world, land snails are one of the most vulnerable animal groups to extinction. Many species evolve quickly to very specific habitats, making them sensitive to environmental changes and therefore vulnerable to extinction. Southern California species are no different. Many land snail species native to Southern California are threatened with extinction because their natural habitat has been reduced or changed substantially by human development and urbanization. Think: cement, freeways, and buildings where forests and chaparral once were. For other snails, in particular some foreign species, our Mediterranean climate and urban environment can make for easy living. Still other species can, despite the drought, survive comfortably in manicured gardens and other watered green spaces even in heavily urbanized places. These non-natives can be neutral or detrimental to native species.
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