Common Chrysalis Snail Lauria cylindracea

Common Chrysalis Snail Lauria cylindracea

This is one tiny snail which I never even knew existed until the other week. The shell grows no longer than 4.4mm (0.2in) long. Note it has only one single tooth in the shell opening (see image below), which helps identify this species, and also it is quite a plumpish looking snail with 5 to 6 whorls and a blunt spire compared to other similar species. The snail itself is fairly dark with pale sides.

Common Chrysalis Snail Lauria cylindracea

They are Ovoviviparous, which means the eggs hatch within the body of the animal, and then they give birth to live young. They can live up to 4 years. Quite common and widespread throughout woods, damp grassland and gardens. It can be seen all year round.

Common Chrysalis Snail Lauria cylindracea

Common Chrysalis Snail Lauria cylindracea

July 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.

The Hidden World beneath Our Feet

Spotted Wolf Spider Pardosa amentata spiderling
Spotted Wolf Spider (Pardosa amentata) spiderling. For scale compare the distorted S-shape just below it, which is slug poop

Beaneath our feet is a hidden world of wonder which many of us do not get to see. Yet it is there all the time. Earlier I lifted up a plant leaf that was trailing across a flagstone, a simple act, and peered beneath it. I entered ‘their’ world.

Tomocerus minor
Tomocerus minor, a springtail
Common Chrysalis Snail Lauria cylindracea
Common Chrysalis Snail (Lauria cylindracea) a snail I did not even know existed until today

Please click on an image for a larger more detailed view. Clicking a second time may get you a little closer.


Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.