Glossy Glass Snail - Oxychilus navarricus

    Alt Name
    Oxychilus helveticus

    A medium-sized (8 to 10 mm) snail with a depressed shell of 5 flattened whorls and with sutures slightly deeper than those of O. cellarius. Surface very glossy and a warm brownish yellow. Body blue-grey with jet-black mantle edge - that can be seen as a dark band at the front edge of the shell. Sometimes emits a faint garlic smell when disturbed but not as strongly as the smaller Garlic Snail.

    Photo ID?

    Mostly associated with rubbish strewn sites on roadsides and in quarries, occasionally in gardens.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread but not especially common in much of England, and Wales, its numbers seem to be increasing of late.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland, but probably increasing.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map