Inflectarius subpalliatus




Inflectarius subpalliatus or the Velvet Covert is very similar to other land snails as they eat relatively the same diet. The most common food sources are plants, fungi, animal matter and soil. Some examples are plant leaves, stems, rotting plants, leaves, wood/bark, fungi, and even other animal wastes. Velvet Covert obtains its food by staying close to its food source. Once food is found the Velvet Covert will touch the food with its foot and mouth. It will then begin rasping with its radula inside the mouth. The radula is membrane like structure covered with teeth similar to that of a piece of sandpaper. It then moves its radula back and forth breaking off small pieces of food. As the food is being broken down saliva is used to help break down the food material and then is swallowed down an esophagus. Digestive juices then help break down the food even more as it moves into the gastric pouch. From the gastric pouch the left over wastes enter the intestine and then out of the body. When finding food the Velvet Covert has to overcome many predatory obstacles. They have an open circulatory system because they move very slow which makes them susceptible to many predators.