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'Alien' snail

'Alien' snail
'Alien' snail

Alien snails can be found in some gardens. Its shell is smaller than a five pence piece. It can be brown, orange or grey in colour. Sometimes it may be spotted.

Latin name: Hygromia cinctella

Look carefully at the shape of the shell to identify your snail correctly


Top view Round with a spiral from the centre.

Side view Very pointed at the top - triangular - like a pyramid. Ridge around middle - which is often white in colour. You can feel this ridge with your fingers on the side of the shell.

Bottom view Round without a 'belly-button' like hole.

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