Cantareus aspersus Click to enlarge image
Garden Snail, Cantareus aspersus Image: Andrew Donnelly
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    aspersus
    Genus
    Cantareus
    Family
    Helicidae
    Subclass
    Pulmonata
    Class
    Gastropoda
    Phylum
    Mollusca
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    3.5 cm

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.

Habitat

Garden snails are found in urban areas.

Distribution

Widespread in cities throughout the world.

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.