Slippery Snail - Cochlicopa lubrica

Alternative names
Slippery Moss Snail & Glossy Pillar Snail

Height: 5-6 mm. Shells are glossy and translucent, elongate with thickened lips and no teeth at the opening.

Similar Species

Cochlicopa lubricella is very hard to tell apart but has slightly more shallow sutures on the shell. There is also much debate about the status of Cochlicopa species so for this reason the species are recorded as 'likely to be this species' and indicated by the 'cf'.

Identification difficulty

Moist places, woods, rocks.

Life History

Although mating between two individuals usually takes place, these snails are capable of self fertilisation.

UK Status

Common and widespread in England and Wales

VC55 Status


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