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I have particularly strong distaste towards anything slimy, and these giant snails of Mount Kaputar, in northern New South Wales, Australia, are large enough to send shivers down my spine.

Located in the alpine forest of the isolated mountaintop, the giant, fluorescent pink slugs grow up to 20 centimeters long and crawl out of their hiding only during rainy nights to feed off the mould and moss on the trees. But plants aren’t the only thing they feed on. The Triboniophorus aff. graeffei, as it is scientifically called, is a carnivorous, cannibal land snail that roam the mountaintop in search of other vegetarian snails.

Triboniophorus aff. graeffei is actually just one of three cannibal snails that live on Mount Kaputar. These voracious little fellows hunt around on the forest floor to pick up the slime trail of another snail, then hunt it down and gobble it up.

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