Liguus fasciatus, also known as tree snails, boast some of the most beautiful snail shells ever seen. Their tall, conical shells usually appear white in color, adorned with bands of brown, gold, white, pink, or green. Some call them "living jewels" for their tiny beauty and colorful designs. These types of tree snails grow to a fairly large size, measuring about two or three inches long. Found in the Caribbean and southern Florida, Liguus fasciatus can often be seen hanging out on hammocks or smooth-barked trees where they gather the algae and fungi they eat. During the dry season, they hibernate and emerge in late spring when the rainy season starts.
But their beauty brings Liguus fasciatus some trouble. They are currently labeled as a species of special concern in Florida due to habitat destruction and the illegal collection of their shells. Luckily, viewing their exotic snail shells in this gallery helps to leave these tiny jewels undisturbed, helping to ensure their status as one of the world's most beautiful animals.