Striped Snail - Cernuella virgata

Alternative names
Banded Snail

A globular shell with rounded whorls and usually with dark spiral bands over a paler background. Variable in size from 7-18 mm. Under a lens it has irregular growth lines. The umbilicus is relatively small.

Similar Species

Candidula can also have spiral bands and is of similar size, but this species is more flattened.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Include a photo showing the side view so the globular shape can be seen.


In Leicestershire it is found on open calcareous grassland, but elsewhere it is found in dunes and on coastal grassland.

When to see it

All year.

UK Status

Common and widespread.

VC55 Status

Uncommon. Only found on calcareous grassland sites.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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