Crimean Snail

The Crimean Snail (Helix taurica) is a spiral-shaped invertebrate gastropod mollusc. An invertebrate does not have a backbone and gastropod means stomach-footed. It is also called the Roman Snail, the Edible Snail, or the Vineyard Snail. 

The Crimean Snail has a thick, spherical shell with a distinct apex. The shell has a white background with dark-brown to reddish-brown, irregular, vertical bands.

It grows to about 2.5-4.5 centimetres (1-2 inches) in length. 

Crimean Snail

The Crimean Snail is native to central and south-eastern Europe and the Mediterranean region. 

It prefers greenhouses, grassy areas, forests, gardens, and orchards. 

It eats leaves, bark, and decomposing food. It is a detritus feeder. Detritus means food waste or rotting organic matter.

The Crimean Snail lives for about 5 years.

Crimean Snail
Crimean Snail

Location of photographs: Natural History Museum of Georgia in Tbilisi]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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