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

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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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Copse Snail
Species group:
Slugs & Snails
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
25/09/1987 (Rundle, Adrian)
Last record:
30/09/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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