Girdled Snail - Hygromia cinctella


    It is about 1 cm across, and varies in colour from a yellowish white through various shades to a dark chocolate brown. It has a sharp keel around the centre of the body whorl, with a light yellowish white band present around the keel.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • around 10mm
    • conical shell with a sharp keel
    • pale line around the keel
    Recording advice

    As this species is uncommon in our area, a photo is normally required.


    Gardens and waste ground.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    A common Mediterranean species of land snail introduced into England, being first noted in Devon in 1950. It has spread rapidly and is now found in many areas of southern England and seems to have spread at least as far as the Midlands.

    Further Information

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, the Evington record of 25th May 2012 is thought to be the first VC55 record.

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