Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Brown garden snail

Cantareus aspersus (M¸ller)

Order: Pulmonata
Family: Helicidae

Size range

  • Shells up to 32 mm in diameter


  • Originally from Europe, widespread in New Zealand

Life History

  • Active at night or during wet weather
  • Slowmoving, using a slime trail
  • Well–developed sense of smell/taste
  • Eats many garden plants