Biology - Anatomy of the snail

Read more about the anatomy and biology of the snail Helix Aspersa

The species Helix Aspersa

For the first time, the species was described as Helix Aspersa (speckled snail) by O. F. Müller in 1774.

The common names of species is «Escargot petit gris» in French and «Brown garden snail» in English and inGreecealso known to be referred to as "Kritikos kochlios."

The snail H. Aspersa (Cornu Aspersum) has spherical shape with the larger diametre of the shell to range from 25 to 40 mm and the height from 25 to 35 mm.

The features of the shell of snails is the multicolourism and the polymorphism. The colour of the base of the shell varies from light yellow to dark brown.

Over the shells there are dark elongated zones of various types and colours.

This species is hermaphroditic and mandatory exclusively inseminates one another.

The breeding season at the Mediterranean regions, takes place in late spring or early summer.

In nature, the species requires one to two years of expansion to reach maturity.

This species prefers wet areas with a mild climate, light and low-lying ground, although sometimes it is found at an altitude of 1000 m.

We can encounter it in a wide range of habitats.

It prefers  calcareous soils in order to take the calcium which is necessary for the manufacture of its shell and the reproductive activity.

This kind is known for its excellent adaptability which is the result of the biological circle and the special characteristics of its reproductive system.

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