The snail Melampus coffeus* lives near the sea and once a year enters its ancestral home to spawn. But at other times, when the sea comes to it, Melampus escapes the waters.
I photographed these snails at a beach in Florida last month. The tide was coming in and the snails had climbed on the mangrove trunks or on the branches of young shoots.
But why do these snails not like being in water? Are they escaping from potential predators that come with the water, such as crabs and fish? Are they coming out to continue to breathe air? Is there another reason?
*Still a tentative identification.