Garlic Snail - Oxychilus alliarius


    6-8mm - the Garlic Snail is pale, yellow-brown and glossy. It has a closely-coiled translucent shell with a very low spire and a medium umbilicus. The snail itself is characteristically dark blue-grey. When disturbed, this snail produces a secretion that smells strongly of garlic.

    Similar Species

    Whilst is not possible to be certain of this species from an image alone, the garlic smell from the the specimen is a  helpful feature. However Oxychilis navarricus also can produce a garlic smell, though not usually as strong. O. navarricus is larger (8-10mm) and a black mantle that is usually obvious as a dark band just within the shell.

    Identification difficulty

    In moist situations in plant litter, moss, etc. Sometimes in gardens.

    Life History

    Plant and detritus feeder on algae and plant litter.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map