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Cornu aspersum
Garden snail (Cornu aspersum) on Limonium
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora

informal group Sigmurethra

Superfamily: Helicoidea
Family: Helicidae
Genus: Cornu
Species: C. aspersum
Binomial name
Cornu aspersum
(O. F. Müller, 1774)

Helix aspersa Müller, 1774

Cornu aspersum is the garden snail. They are often called a pest. In English books it was called Helix aspersa for over two centuries, but the current classification now places it in the genus Cornu. They are native go Europe, though have spread elsewhere. It is very similar, but smaller than the Roman Snail (Helix pomantia).

Helix aspersa
Cornu aspersum Presence in European countries
map showing where Helix aspersa are found in Europe


snails eat leaves

These snails mainly eat plants, since they are herbivores.


Snails are both male and female. They are able to reproduce by themselves, though normally reproduce sexually.

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