Kentish Garden Snail

The Kentish Garden Snail (Monacha cantiana) is a pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the Hygromiidae family of terrestrial (land) hairy snails. 

The Kentish Garden Snail has a creamy-white to dark shell, usually turning reddish near the mouth. Its mouth is white-lipped.

Kentish Garden Snail

It measures about 2 centimetres (one inch) in diameter.

It can be found in Europe, especially in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

It is usually diurnal, active mainly during the day. In winter, it may hibernate, but can become active again during warm days.

The Kentish Garden Snail is herbivorous, feeding on plants and decaying plant matter. 

It is hermaphroditic, which means that it is both male and female. It lays about 30-50 eggs, which hatch after 15-20 days. The eggs are deposited in a leaf, usually in the rainy season. 

Kentish Garden Snail

Location of photograph: Paris, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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