Smooth Glass Snail - Aegopinella nitidula


    A small (up to 10 mm) land snail sometimes known as the Clear Glass Snail or Waxy Glass Snail. It has an orange-brown, glassy looking shell sometimes with dark mottling and veining showing. The body is blue-grey. Aegopinella nitidula is the largest of the two British species of this genus, A. pura is smaller and often pale in colour but it can be a rich chocolate colour. An eccentric body whorl identifies these as Aegopinella.

    Identification difficulty

    Fields, gardens and hedgerows

    When to see it

    All year round

    Life History

    Eats plant matter.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map