River Snail - Viviparus viviparus

Alternative names
Common River Snail

This species will attain a maximum height of 40 mm, with 5 or 6 whorls. The shell is yellow-green with three distinct brown spiral stripes (that follow the direction of the whorls). The shell is opaque and slightly glossy and has an operculum. The umbilicus (navel) is inconspicuous, occurring only as a groove or notch.

Similar Species

Viviparus contectus is very similar but has a sharp apex to the shell, whereas in V. viviparus it is blunt.

Identification difficulty

In slowly moving waters, lowland rivers, canals and around the shores of lakes, on muddy substrate, usually not in small isolated standing waters. Requires high oxygen contents.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread in England, but fewer records from elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Species profile

Common names
River snails, River Snail
Species group:
Slugs & Snails
[unassigned] Caenogastropoda
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
15/08/1981 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
17/02/2024 (Nicholls, David)

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