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.
Both Cepaea species are of similar size but these lack the mottling and have an aperture that is more 'D' shaped.
- medium size
- mottled/speckled brown
- thin brown spiral band
- C shaped aperture
- slit shaped umbilicus
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Both open and well wooded areas.
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.
Common and widespread throughout Britain.
Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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