Copse Snail - Arianta arbustorum


    Size up to 19 mm. The shell is brown and mottled with a thin dark brown spiral band around the circumference. The body is dark, almost black. The aperture is 'C' shaped and umbilicus is a small crescent-shaped slit.

    Similar Species

    Both Cepaea species are of similar size but these lack the mottling and have an aperture that is more 'D' shaped.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • medium size
    • mottled/speckled brown
    • thin brown spiral band
    • C shaped aperture
    • slit shaped umbilicus
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.


    Both open and well wooded areas.

    Life History

    Feeds on various plant species. While most slugs and snails in the UK only live for 1 or 2 years, research has shown Arianta arbustorum (Copse Snail) can live for up to 17 years.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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