Cellar Snail - Oxychilus cellarius


    9-12 mm pale, translucent and glossy. Usually very pale, yellow brown. The body is pale bluish grey. Deep open umbilicus. No (garlic) smell when irritated.

    Similar Species

    Oxychilis alliaris is smaller (6-8mm) with a strong garlic smell when irritated. Oxychilis navarricus is usually a little smaller (8-10mm) but has a black mantle which shows through the shell as a dark band behind the opening. Oxychilis draparnaudi is larger (11-16mm) is only slightly opaque.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • 9-12mm
    • glossy brown shell
    • no garlic smell when irritated
    • very flat shell with virtually no spire
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, photo evidence is required (ideally showing the flat shell, a side view and the live body . In the comments box, describe the size and identifying characters.


    Humid and shady habitats of any kind.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread throughout most of Britain

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