Pellucid Glass Snail - Vitrina pellucida


A small glass snail with a shell of about 5 or 6 mm diameter. It is translucently clear and slightly greenish, it has 3 whorls that enlarge rapidly and are somewhat convex. The opening is a rounded crescent shape.

Identification difficulty

These snails live in moist and shady places.

When to see it

All year round, but most often observed in late autumn.

Life History

It eats liverworts and decayed leaves. It will also eat dead earthworms and horse manure. The species is predated by hedgehogs.

UK Status

Common and widespread in 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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