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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