Animal Species:Garden Snail

Generally, snails found in your garden will be introduced species, which have two pairs of tentacles, rather than one pair as in native snails and slugs.

Garden Snail Cantareus aspersus

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Garden Snail

Alternative Name/s

Helix aspersa

Size range

3.5 cm

Distribution

Widespread in cities throughout the world.

Habitat

Garden snails are found in urban areas.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Garden Snail was introduced to Australia from Europe. It is always associated with human populations and rarely encountered away from cities. This edible snail is commercially raised in Australia and exported to countries such as France where it is eaten as 'escargot'. Cantareus (Helix) aspersus is slightly smaller than the French species (Helix pomatia), which does not occur in Australia but apparently has a similar taste.

Classification

Species:
aspersus
Genus:
Cantareus
Family:
Helicidae
Subclass:
Pulmonata
Class:
Gastropoda
Phylum:
Mollusca
Kingdom:
Animalia

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