Bithynia tentaculata

    Description

    Shell height up to 12 to15 mm, width 5 to 7 mm. Sometimes known as the 'Faucet Snail' it has a shiny pale brown shell, oval in shape, with a relatively large and rounded spire consisting of 5 to 6 somewhat flattened whorls, no umbilicus, and a very thick lip. The opening is less than half the height of the shell. It has a circular 'lid' (called an operculum) which can seal off the entrance to the shell giving protection. This snail has long pointed tentacles.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found in weedy ponds and slow moving waterways.

    Life History

    The snail is sexually mature by the time the height of shell reaches 8 mm in size.

    UK Status

    This common snail in England and Wales, but scarcer further north into Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map