The Stavropolitan Snail (Helix stavropolitana) is a spiral-shaped invertebrate gastropod mollusc. An invertebrate does not have a backbone and gastropod means stomach-footed. It is also called the City Snail.
The Stavropolitan 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.
The Stavropolitan Snail is native to the Caucasus region, in countries such as southern Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.
It prefers 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 Stavropolitan Snail lives for about 5 years.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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