Euglandina rosea, common names the rosy wolfsnail or the cannibal snail, is a species of medium-sized to large predatory air-breathing land snail, a carnivorous terrestrial pulmonategastropodmollusk in the family Spiraxidae. This species is a fast and voracious predator, hunting and eating other snails and slugs. The rosy wolfsnail was introduced into Hawaii in 1955 as a biological control for the invasive African land snail, Achatina fulica.  This snail is responsible for the extinction of an estimated eight native snail species in Hawaii. This has caused the snail to be added to the IUCN’s top 100 most invasive species.
The rosy wolfsnail lives for approximately 24 months. The snail takes 30-40 days to hatch and are then considered young (before they reach sexual maturity). Sexual maturity begins between 4-16 months after hatching. After reaching maturity they are considered an adult for the rest of their lives. The snail is relatively fast moving at about 8 mm/s. The snail has a light grey, or brown body, with its lower tentacles being long and almost touching the ground. The shell has usual dimensions of 76mm tall and 27.5 mm in diameter. The shape of the shell tapers to a point at both ends (fusiform) with a narrow oval to crescent shaped opening and a shortened axis of the spiral shell near the opening (truncated columella). The shell has a brownish pink color. The fully-grown adult snail ranges in size from 7-10 cm in length.
The rosy wolfsnail lives for approximately 24 months. This species found naturally in the southern portion of the United States, usually in hardwood forests and urban gardens. This species is a fast and voracious predator, hunting and eating other snails and slugs. The smaller species of prey are ingested whole. This gave it the nickname "the cannibal snail". The predatory snail uses slime trails to track its prey and potential mates, resulting in the rosy wolfsnail following these trails more than 80% of the time they are alive. The rosy wolf snail prefers to consume smaller snails because it is quicker and easier to eat the smaller snails. These prey snails include like the O'ahu tree snail and other small snails native to Hawaii and other Polynesian islands. When prey is found the rosy wolfsnail usually consumes the prey snail whole. The snail has also been seen to quickly suck the prey snail out of its shell which is slower than simply swallowing the prey snail whole. The snail is able to do this because it has no jaw plate. The snail is also specialized for carnivory, the mouth of the snail (buccal mass) being totally contained within a beak like structure (rostrum) that can be extended thus allowing the toothed tongue (radula) to be ejected past the mouth and into the snail’s prey. The radula is also adapted to be larger and have specialized the teeth into elongated cones.
There are four main mammalian predators for the rosy wolfsnail; rats, tenrecs, pigs and mongooses. The rats consume the snail by chewing the top of the shell off. The tenrecs crack the shell into large pieces. The pigs have a tendency to crush the shell completely. The mongooses attack the body of the snail. Cannibalism among adults has also been seen by the rosy wolfsnail. However, this has only been observed in captive populations and appears to be an incredibly rare occurrence. 
There are diseases that affect the death rate or mortality of the rosy wolfsnail as well. There is not a tremendous amount of information about the different diseases that affect the rosy wolfsnail. However, one disease that is known to affect the snail is caused by the pseudomonad bacterium or Aeromonas hydrophila. Infection occurs by ingesting the bacteria, if it rests on the snail’s food, or by contact with another individual who is infected. This causes reduced digestive function resulting in emaciation even when there is an abundance of food resources. This finally results in the slow death of starvation.
The rosy wolf snail is a hermaphrodite and is oviparous. This means the snail has both male and female reproductive parts and lays eggs instead of having live birth. The courtship rituals for the snail begin with one following the trail of another snail. The pursuing snail then mounts the rear side of the shell of snail it was following. Following this mounting, a head waving display occurs were the pursuing snail vigorously shakes its head for 15 minutes. This ultimately ends with a short period of inactivity where the mounted snail turns its head to face its own shell. Following this copulation occurs, with the one snail still mounted on the shell of the other the two heads are brought together and then twisted around each other's necks. This copulation then lasts for up to four hours. An adult snail lays 25 -35 eggs in a shallow pocket of soil and these eggs then hatch after 30-40 days.
The snail has been known to go into hibernation during winter months and emerge in April/May.
As an Invasive Species
This species is native to Central America. It is also found in the southern portion of the United States, usually in hardwood forests and urban gardens. It has become an invasive species in many other places, including Hawaii. These predatory snails were originally introduced to Hawaii in an attempt to eliminate another invasive species, the giant African land snail, Achatina fulica. The introduction occurred in 1955 when specimens were collected from Florida and sent to Hawaii. During the same year 616 individuals were released on Oahu. Then in 1958 12,000 were taken from Oahu and introduced onto 8 other Pacific islands. This did not however reduce the populations of Achatina fulica but rather caused a decline in native snail populations. The introduced species vigorously attacked the indigenous O'ahu tree snail. As a result, many tree snail species were hunted to extinction within the first year. These predatory snails continue to represent a threat to the local snail fauna.
Of all known mollusk extinctions since the year 1500, about 70% are from islands, and it has been estimated that one-third of these were caused by introduced Euglandina rosea.  These prey snails were at an increased risk of predation caused extinction because of their extremely low reproduction rates. Overall the rosy wolfsnail has an caused the extinction of an estimated eight native snail species in Hawaii. Due to this the IUCN has placed the rosy wolfsnail on the list of the top 100 worst invasive alien species in the world.
One strategy to protect the native snails from the predatory rosy wolfsnail has been to breed the native tree snails in captivity. Then introduce the small population into a predator-proof patch of forest. This predator-proof patch of forest consists of a galvanized iron barrier, at the base of the iron barrier a plastic trough was attached and filled with salt and then a pair of electric wires connected to a battery. This created a protected enclosure with both chemical and electrical defenses. The enclosure allows the native snails to breed in a safe location but does not allow them to travel outside of the protected area.
Other forms of control for the rosy wolfsnail have been investigated. The three main methods of control being utilized or discussed are collection, chemical and biological control. The use of collection has not been extensively used because it is incredibly labor-intensive and time consuming. The use of chemical poisoning has been utilized extensively in many areas even though it is not very effective in controlling the population of the species. The biological control has been a highly favored option. 
The rosy wolfsnail is now legally considered to be a “noxious species in French Polynesia”. This means that people cannot bring live individuals to the islands. The IUCN states that the introduction of the rosy wolfsnail is now formally discouraged.
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For a detailed account of the environmental impacts of Euglandina rosea please read: Euglandina rosea (Rosy Wolfsnail) Management Information. The information in this document is summarised below.
The future for some of French Polynesia’s partulids may not be as bleak as once thought; according to recent studies relatively high genetic diversity is represented among living taxa and it may still be possible to preserve a representative sub-sampling of Raiatea and Tahiti’s tree snail diversity (Lee et al. 2009; Ó Foighil 2009).
Physical Control: The ultimate objective of captive breeding programs is the reintroduction of viable populations of endangered species into their natural habitats (Coote et al. 2004). Small exclosures have been built in Hawai‘I and on Moorea (French Polynesia) to protect native tree snails from attack by Euglandina rosea.
Legislation: It is almost impossible to prevent the within-island spread of Euglandina in French Polynesia (Coote et al. 1999). Between-island spread of Euglandina should be prevented by legislation. The Marqueses Islands, the Southern Cooks and the Australs provide refuges for some of the remaining partulid species (Lee et al. 2007a) and should be kept Euglandina-free. E. rosea is now legally considered to be a noxious species in French Polynesia; the introduction of live specimens and their transport from one island to another is forbidden (Meyer 1998).
Other: Since 1986 partulid snails have been the subject of an international breeding programme; the International Partula Conservation Programme manages a breeding programme for 25 species in 15 zoos worldwide. Introducing Society Island partulids to the Austral Islands that are free of the predator might ensure their long-term survival in the wild (Ó Foighil 2009). Coote & Loeve (2003) concluded that E. rosea was extinct in the wild on Huahine, strongly suggesting that the successful re-introduction of partulids into the wild on Huahine might be possible.
Conservation actions in the wild may be limited to identifying and protecting populations of partulid snails that offer some possibility of persistence in the presence of Euglandina (Ó Foighil 2009). Based on laboratory behavioral studies of the effect of temperature on E. rosea movement, Gerlach (1994, in Ó Foighil 2009) hypothesised that an altitudinal refuge above 600 to 700 m would exist for Society Island partulids.
Research and Knowledge: Further research into the biology of E. rosea, and particularly its population dynamics, needs to be carried out. There are no known natural predators, so a species-specific toxin in snail bait, as tested in Hawaii (M. G. Hadfield pers. comm., in Coote et al, 1999), could be a promising approach. A good relationship between the Pacific Island Land Snail Group (PILSG) and the French Polynesian government authorities has developed, and joint initiatives for conservation and research are being planned (Coote et al. 1999).
Education and Knowledge: Despite the lack of evidence supporting Euglandina as a successful biological control agent and despite the abundant evidence of their negative predatory impact on native snail fauna, carnivorous snail introductions continue (Cowrie 1992). Clearly public education about the French Polynesia’s precious natural fauna and the dangers posed to such fauna by carnivorous biological control agents could help to reduce the likelihood of Euglandina being purposefully translocated to new islands. Local willingness and experience are already in place to conserve French Polynesia’s partulid snails (Coote & Loeve 2003).