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Invasive Species: Heath Snail
*Detected in Michigan*
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Use the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) online reporting tool.
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- Chalky white colored shell with dark spiral bands.
- Flattened shell shape with relatively large umbilicus (hole on in the center of the shell’s underside).
- Aperture (opening) of the shell is oval.
Photo courtesy of Ross Mayhew, Schooner Specimen Shells, Bugwood.org.
Diet: In Southern Germany, heath snails feed on fodder crops (e.g., clover, sainfoin, lupine, alfalfa and serradella).
Habitat: Heath snails predominantly inhabit open, dry habitats such as dunes, sand hills, open meadows and rocky hillsides.
Native Range: Areas of southeastern Europe.
Local Concern: Heath snails infest a wide variety of plant species including grapes, peas, beans and other agricultural crops.