One of world’s most beautiful snails on display

SHIZUOKA, Japan (NBC/NTV) — A snail many experts consider one of the world’s most beautiful is on display at a zoo in Japan.

Polymita Picta is referred to more commonly as the “Cuban land snail” or “painted snail.”

It’s known for its shiny and brightly colored shells.

Experts say the popularity of these snails has led their numbers to decrease significantly.

Polymita Picta has been declared a protected species in Cuba. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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