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Snail  Banded Snail

White Lipped Banded Snail - Photo  Copyright 2004 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Snails prefer moving around in wet weather, so the best time of year to find them is in April. 

Latin name: Cepaea hortensis

Size: Up to 20mms tall

Distribution: Found throughout the U.K. except north Scotland

Months seen: Active between March and October. For the remainder of the year they hibernate.

Food: Most vegetable matter

Habitat: Hedgerows, gardens and the edges of fields

Special features: The colour of the shell can be very variable - from plain to fully striped.

Click for a better viewThe Dark Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis) is a similar species to the one shown above, but - surprise surprise - it has a dark lip around the entrance to its shell.

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