Wandering Pond Snail - Ampullaceana balthica

Alternative names
Radix balthica, Lymnaea peregra

The wandering snail has a tall-spired, brownish shell with a very large opening, but the colour is often obscured by a covering of greyish or brownish encrustation. The body of the snail is translucent grey-brown.

Identification difficulty

It will colonise weedy garden ponds. It is the pond snail most likely to be seen out of the water, climbing on to emergent vegetation or on to mud on the bank. It does not travel far from the water, always staying in very damp situations.

Life History

Eggs, in strips of clear jelly, are laid on water plants in the Summer. Plant and detritus feeder on pond plants, algae and plant detritus in water.

UK Status

Very common and widespread throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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