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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.