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Immature snail

Observed: 30th September 2013 By: Rich Burkmar
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Martin Harvey's picture


Immature snails can be tricky (and I'm not an expert on them, hence I haven't clicked on the agree button), but I think Cornu aspersum is the most likely option. The similar species are Arianta arbustorum (which doesn't have the dark speckling/mottling) and I suppose the recent colonist Helix lucorum now needs to be considered - as far as I know that is more banded rather than speckled/mottled.

For more on Helix lucorum see the comments here:

and this article from the Conchological Society:

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stevegregory's picture

This pattern is typical

This pattern is typical Cornu asperum - as you say quite distinct from Arianta and Helix lucorum (which apparently is huge when it grows up!)...but not yet seen babies of the latter to reliably comment!

Rich Burkmar's picture


Excellent - thanks for the tips Martin and Steve.

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