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Scientific name:  Cepaea nemoralis and Cepaea hortensis

Size:  Up to 20mm diameter

Distribution:  Found throughout the UK

Months seen:  Active from March to October.  For the remainder of the year they hibernate

Habitat:  Hedgerows, gardens, compost heaps and the edges of fields

Food:  Most vegetable matter

Special features:  The colours of the Banded Snails can vary from plain to fully striped, with up to five stripes on each whorl.  Pink forms may also be found.  The Dark-lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis) usually has a dark brown lip around the entrance to its shell, while the White-lipped Banded Snail normally has a white lip at its shell entrance.  Hence the names.

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