Brown Garden Snail

Helix aspera

Photo © by Michael Plagens

These snails are fairly common in the irrigated portions of Glendale, Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona.

The Brown Garden Snail, Helix aspera, is not native to Arizona or the Western Hemisphere. It was introduced with the idea of raising them for escargot or else accidentally along with horticultural plants. Upon escape they became numerous and destructive in gardens where they feed on various plant material. Later, the predatory Decolate Snail was introduced to control the Brown Garden Snail. There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.

Helicidae -- A Land Snail Family

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Sonoran Desert Field Guide
Sonoran Desert Places
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