|Drymaeus dormani (W. G. Binney, 1857) Manatee Treesnail In Situ|
On probable Laural Oak Tree (Quercus laurilfolia) six feet above the ground, along Nine Mile Road at the western edge of Twelve Mile Swamp, St. Johns County, Florida 2/24/2021. Dark colored apparent snail pictured on the top right and partially hidden may be Helicina (Olygyra) orbiculata (Say, 1818) Globular Drop which shares the habitat with the Drymaeus. The tree on which the Drymaeus were aestivating had a total of at least 11 Drymaeus present extending from three to at least 20 feet above the ground. It seems likely that this represents a mating aggregation. The large vine pictured is Eastern Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) and Drymaeus are occasionally found seeking shelter near the larger vines.