Roman Snail

The Roman Snail (Helix pomatia) is a spiral-shaped, terrestrial (land), invertebrate gastropod mollusc in the Helicidae family. An invertebrate does not have a backbone and gastropod means stomach-footed. It is also known as the Burgundy Snail. 

The Roman Snail has a thick, spherical creamy-white to light-brown shell with distinct brown bands. The shell has 5-6 whorls. 

Roman Snail

It grows to 3-5 centimetres (1-2 inches) long.

The Roman Snail is native to Europe. It prefers forests, open habitats, grassy areas, gardens, and vineyards. It likes to live along rivers. 

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

It is hermaphroditic, which means that it is both male and female. It lays about 40-65 eggs, which hatch after 21-28 days. 

The Roman Snail lives for about 5-20 years. 

[Location of photograph: Zagreb, Croatia]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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