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Invasive Species: Girdled Snail
*Not detected in Michigan*
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- Shell is triangular or pyramid shaped.
- Shell size is about 6-7 mm high and 10-14 mm wide.
- Shells tend to be brown to yellow with a white band on the widest part.
- 5-6 whorls.
- Aperture (opening) of the shell is oval.
Photo courtesy of Charles Olsen, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org.
Photo courtesy of Carlos Henckes, Conquiliologistas Do Brasil.
Diet: Girdled snails feed on a variety of plant materials.
Habitat: Girdled snails are often found to aggregate in large numbers in gardens and on hedges.
Native Range: Mediterranean.
Local Concern: Due to this species’ tendency to aggregate in large numbers and its herbivorous habits, girdled snails pose a threat to native plant communities.