Amber Snail

Succinea putris

Amber Snail (Succinea putris)

I usually see this snail with its beautifully coloured shell on my local river, but this morning I found one in my garden for the first time.

Also called the ‘Common Amber Snail’, or the ‘European Amber Snail’, this wetland snail has a reddish-brown to yellowish amber, translucent shell. The short spire of the shell can be reddish-brown in colour, or in a variable range of colours. The shell can grow up to 15mm long.

Amber Snail (Succinea putris)

It feeds on reeds and other plants.

It peaks in July to September, but maybe seen all year round. Found in wetland areas like ponds and on river banks.  They are not truly aquatic and do not live submerged beneath the water like pond snails. Common and widespread in England, Wales and southern Ireland.

Photographs of Amber Snail (Succinea putris), taken August 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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