With their messy trails and taste for greens, garden snails are often considered to be pests whose strong homing instinct makes human control difficult. They are often seen after rain, and leave a tell-tale trail of mucus. Being hermaphrodites, garden snails each have both male and female reproductive organs, but although they can mate with themselves, it’s more usual to find a partner. When conditions are dry, snails retreat into their shell and seal the entrance. They can then survive in a state of suspended animation for several months.
Did you know?
A single garden snail can have 430 babies in a year.
The Discus Snail is a fairly small snail (5 to 7 mm) with a flattened, almost lens-shaped, tightly coiled and densely ribbed, brownish yellow-grey shell which, on close examination, can be seen to be flecked with red and has 6 or 7 whorls.
Lives in moist sheltered places making use of almost any type of cover provided by leaf litter, stones, logs, rubble, cracked brickwork etc.
When to see it
Most of the year.
Detritus and fungus feeder. Eggs are laid from February to the end of the year and hatch in ten to twelve days, gaining maturity in about one year.