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White-lipped Snail

Cepaea hortensis

White-lipped Snail, Garden banded snail

The White-lipped Snail or garden banded snail, Cepaea hortensis is a common sight for UK gardens. It is a medium-sized, terrestrial snail species in the land snail family, Hellicidae. Adults are easily identifiable by their white-edged shells, which have dark banded stripes across their surface, these are most often coloured yellow with brown banding. This species is found during the daytime, most often in damp, moist conditions or hidden away in greenery. They are well adapted to cold and wet environments.

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Detection

Appearance
Medium-sized snail species typically reaches between 0.15-0.16cm tall and 0.16-0.22cm wide. The shell is smooth and shiny, coloured yellow, brown, red or pink. With 5 spiralling bands across the surface in darker shades and a distinct white lip at the tip of the shell opening. The snail body is coloured green-grey, tending towards yellow at the back.
Activity
Diurnal

Personality

Family
Helicidae
Metamorphosis
Complete
Distribution
Distribution ranges across Western and Central Europe. Has been introduced to the northeastern USA. Common and widespread in Britain, mainly coastal in Scotland. Found in a wide range of habitats including waste ground, hedgerows, verges and grassland. In the UK, its most often found in areas of dense vegetation.

Attracts this pest

Preferred food plants: nettles, ragwort and hogweed.

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