Kentish Snail - Monacha cantiana

Alternative names
Kentish Garden Snail

Up to 16 mm. The shell is brown with creamy white mottling and often a pale spiral band around its circumference. The snail itself has a pale brown body with darker skirting and even darker tentacles. Young specimens have hairy shells but these tend to get rubbed off over time.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Field and woodland borders, hedgerows, gardens.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

This is an introduced species which is now fairly frequent and well distributed throughout most of England, but fewer records from Wales and Scotland.

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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