Brown-lipped Snail

Cepaea nemoralis

Brown-lipped Snail (Cepaea nemoralis)

Also known as the ‘Grove Snail’ or the ‘Banded Snail’, the lip of the shell is always dark brown. The shell colour is variable, from cream, yellow, brown or pink, and is often similar to the White-lipped Snail (Cepaea hortensis). Shell diameter 20 to 24mm.

Brown-lipped Snail (Cepaea nemoralis)

Found in a range of habitats, but favours woodland, hedgerows, meadows and sand dunes. Also found in gardens. It feeds on a wide range of vegetation. Common and widespread throughout, except northern Scotland.

Brown-lipped Snail (Cepaea nemoralis)

Brown-lipped Snail (Cepaea nemoralis)

Photographs of Brown-lipped Snail (Cepaea nemoralis), taken October 2011, local field, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2011. Camera used Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38.


14 thoughts on “Brown-lipped Snail

  1. How beautiful. I find it interesting that shells need their native environment for their beauty. Empty shells on a shelf usually don’t seem as beautiful.

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  2. I love snails – their shells are so perfectly formed by nature. Thanks for sharing. I have just started a poetry blog here on WordPress in case you have time to look? Have a good day, Sam 🙂

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  3. Another great shot! I am raising this kind of snail…though I’ll have to double check that it’s not a white-lipped one. I’ll have to check back to i.d. it!

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