(Cornu aspersum)

A herbivore that feeds on plant matter and will come out at night or after rainfall, the snail provides an important role for the ecosystem.

Although disliked by farmers and gardeners for destroying fruit and vegetables, snails actually consume a lot of decomposing vegetation too. 

Habitat

They can be found under manholes in sewers, under flat roofs, basements,  between wood, brick, even in gardens.

Garden Snail

Description

  • Brownish body, covered in slimy mucus

  • Large thin shell

  • Shells will have brown, yellow, chestnut colours

  • Adult shells have 4 - 5 whorls.

Biology

  • 30 - 120 at one time

  • Does not need a mate to reproduce

  • Can live for 1 - 5 years, depending on habitat

Food

They prefer to feed on starchy or decaying foods, and can get most of their water consumption from their surroundings and food they eat. 

Snails will find an area of leaves, make a hole in the ground, seal the shell with a layer of mucus and hibernate or wait out the dryer times

They can produce a  protective froth when in danger of attack or agitated by something

A herbivore that feeds on plant matter and will come out at night

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Garden Snail

(Cornu aspersum)

A herbivore that feeds on plant matter and will come out at night or after rainfall, the snail provides an important role for the ecosystem.

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