Florida Tree Snail Lokta Card
$5.00 – $8.00
- Our images are set in a frame on this beautiful, handmade paper from the Nepalese Lokta shrub.
- This tree-free paper is both environmentally friendly and sustainably harvested, providing a market for cottage industries that are Fair-Trade Certified.
- Each card comes with an envelope and is packaged individually.
- Cards are blank on the inside and have a great story on the reverse side about the picture on the front.
- Handmade cards are not available for wholesale pricing.
Back of Card DESCRIPTION
Colorful Liguus tree snails live in the tropical hardwood hammocks of Florida; primarily the Everglades Coastal Ridge and the Florida Keys. Florida tree snails are shelled mollusks which live on the bark of these hardwood trees, preferring species with smooth bark, such as the wild tamarind. Their 2-3″ spiraled shells can be found in many color variations ranging from nearly solid dark brown to boldly striped with pink, yellow, and green to solid white. Originally from Cuba, these snails arrived in southern Florida thousands of years ago on floating logs blown ashore during hurricanes.
Florida tree snails have a natural lifespan of 6-7 years and exhibit clearly defined growth marks indicating the yearly arrest in shell growth. Upon sensing dry conditions, shorter days, and lower temperatures, the snails find a protected location in a tree. They attach their shell to a tree by secreting a mucous seal to prevent dehydration during the winter period. They stop moving and eating during this period; this survival practice is called estivation. The life cycle of these beautiful snails begins anew in the early spring with the first warm rains. Eggs hatch and adult snails awake from estivation.
Beautiful and varied, these mollusks were once a popular collectors item; over-collection greatly reduced their populations. As we continue to learn about the Florida tree snail one thing is clear; we share a habitat. Both people and tree snails need high ground to stay dry but tree snails need hardwood hammocks. Habitat destruction due to development is the biggest threat to the Florida tree snails. Several of the color variations are now extinct and others are extremly rare… Liguus is a “Species of Special Concern” in Florida.
artwork by John Sill
text by Steve Sierigk