So common – almost invisible 🐌

Some things we see so often we don’t really notice them anymore. This is probably true if the common garden snail. Gardeners may notice them devouring their lettuce but out and about they probably hardly get a second glance.

I decided to do a little reading about this everyday snail:-

Name- Helix aspersa , however it’s scientific name is under discussion and is referred to also as :-Cornu aspersum, Cantareus aspersus and Cryptomphalus aspersus. Maybe just as easy to say common brown snail. It is one of the most proliferated land molluscs and can be found on all continents except Antarctica.

  • It is mainly nocturnal but will venture out on a rainy day.
  • It has one lung.
  • It has 4-5 spirals in its shell.
  • In some parts of the world including USA it has become an agricultural pest.
  • It is extremely slow , 1.3cms/sec

These are the snails that we would hunt for in the garden and have snail races with. These seemed exciting at the time even though the speed is 1.3 cm /sec.!!

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