The Lovely Vallonia Snail (Vallonia pulchella) is a very small, air-breathing, land pulmonate gastropod mollusc in the Valloniidae family of land snails. It is an invertebrate, because it does not have a backbone. Its shell is its exo-skeleton (outside skeleton).
The Lovely Vallonia Snail has an ivory-white round shell that spirals clockwise. Its shell has fine, irregular brownish streaks. Its shell has three whorls. The last whorl is next to the opening. The opening lacks a thick margin like other land snails have. Instead, its shell is thin and light. The tentacles are short, and the posterior end of the foot is round.
It measures about 1 centimetre (less than half an inch) in length.
It is found in Europe. It is commonly found in woodlands and suburban gardens. It lives in moist soil and is attracted to decaying material, such as leaf litter.
It is usually nocturnal, active mainly at night.
The Lovely Vallonia Snail is carnivorus, feeding on other snails, earthworms, and decaying plant matter.
It is hermaphroditic, which means that it is both male and female. It lays about 40-65 eggs, which hatch after 10-28 days. The eggs are deposited in a leaf, usually in the rainy season.
The Lovely Vallonia Snail lives for about 5 years.
Location: Paris, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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