Girdled Snail - Hygromia cinctella

Description

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.

Habitat

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

First seen in Leicestershire in 2012, this snail has become more widespread in the county.

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

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