Draparnaud's Glass Snail - Oxychilus draparnaudi


This is the largest of the Glass Snails, reaching up to 15mm across. Unlike the other Oxychilus species, it has a waxy, not glossy, shell which is yellowish-brown in colour. It has a blue-grey body.

Similar Species

Oxychilis snails can be a challenge to distinguish but O. drapanaudi can usually be distinguished by the combination of size and colour.

Species Size Shell Smell Other
O. alliaris 6-8mm glossy garlic  
O. navarricus 8-10mm very glossy poss. garlic black mantle band
O. cellarius 9-12mm glossy none  
O. drapanaudi 11-16mm waxy none  
Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Found in gardens and shady habitats.

When to see it

All year.

Life History

Lives in leaf litter and under plants and stones where it predates other snails.

UK Status

It is common and widespread, particularly in the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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