September 15th, 2012. We drove over Patterson Gap Road from Betty’s Creek Road to Persimmon Road. Patterson Gap lies on the Tennessee Valley Divide in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The road is graveled and water erosion has produced some rough sections. Lobelia siphilitca (Great Blue Lobelia) and then Gentianella quinquefolia (Agueweed or Stiff Gentian).
While we were ‘hunting’ gentian flowers, we came across this snail. It was in its shell when we found it and didn’t come out while we were there. As close as I can tell it’s an Appalachian Land Snail (Mesodon sp.). This was the first of two of these snails that we found that weekend.
Can anyone confirm or correct this identification?
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