Heath Snail - Helicella itala

Heath Snail - Helicella itala

Observation - Heath Snail - Helicella itala. Description: I quite often find empty shells of this uncommon snail in the Chilterns, but this year I've seen live snails as well - not sure if they are having a good year or I just wasn't looking hard enough before. Also not sure why it has the English name of Heath

I quite often find empty shells of this uncommon snail in the Chilterns, but this year I've seen live snails as well - not sure if they are having a good year or I just wasn't looking hard enough before. Also not sure why it has the English name of "Heath" snail, as it is a chalk grassland species.

(For identification purposes it is always useful to show snail shells from top, botton and side, as well as giving an indication of size.)