“Luckily, we were able to catch this early and were able to keep them out of the agricultural areas,” Christina Lawson, the department’s public information director, told The Dodo. “We have collected over 165,000 snails in the course of this [seven-year] program. For us to have them pop up again, it would most likely have be another reintroduction.”
While they typically only live five or six years in captivity — and that’s with a responsible owner who can keep up with their constant appetite and care — they can live up to 10 years in the wild, where they spend most of their days burrowed into dirt, only coming out at night.
They’re still kept as pets in some parts of the world, but they’re illegal in the U.S. in an effort to prevent more escaped pets from destroying native landscapes.