Banded Garden Snails

Banded Garden Snails, Vancouver Island, BC
Banded Garden Snails, Vancouver Island, BC, Photo By Bud Logan

The Banded Garden Snails can have many shell colors, including yellow, red, pink, & olive. As the name implies, the shell usually sports dark brown bands. However, these may be absent in some morphs. If the bands are present, they can vary between 1 and 5 in number. Adult snails have a reflected, dark brown lip around the aperture of the shell, usually consisting of 5 whorls. These creatures are between 2 and 2.5cm in size.

The banded Garden snails live in a variety of habitats and can be found in woodlands, grasslands, meadows, and in backyards. Banded wood snails are more active at night than during the day. They eat many types of plants but seem to prefer those that are dead & decaying, such as fallen apples, dead grasses, herbs, and other flowering plants.

These snails can mate many times during the spring & summer months if conditions are moist and warm. Clutches can have as many as 90 eggs, with some reports of over 150. Eggs are laid in moist soil and may require several weeks to hatch. It can take 2 years for a juvenile snail to mature into an adult.

These are invasive snails originally from Europe, they have been widely distributed through North America. They are members of the Grove snail family.

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