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White-lipped Snail

One of the most common and visible snails of the hedgerow.


  • Cepaea hortensis: the white-lipped snail

    Post date: Saturday, 29 October, 2016 - 21:17

    Walk along any hedgerow with lush vegetation in mid-summer and you will see lots of white-lipped snails (Cepaea hortensis). Hogweed leaves, nettle leaves, brambles, thick bladed grasses; any plant with good nutritious leaves and this snail will be quite at home.They can occur quite high up on some plants and so are obviously very good climbers.

    The white-lipped snail also comes in all sorts of colours too, from this striking 'Everton Mint' pattern to much paler browns. This is one of the most common creatures around in mid to late summer but because they are snails and not very popular I think they get rather over looked.


Common Name White-lipped Snail
Scientific Name Cepaea hortensis
Species Group Snails
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