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Decollate Snail

Rumina decollata

Decollate Snail, Rumina decollata, photo by Mike Plagens

This snail was photographed in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. A full-resolution image is hosted at Wikimedia.

These snails were introduced to the cities of the Sonoran Desert from the Mediterranean region to control the Brown Garden Snails which were themselves introduced as a possible source for escargot. Does this remind you of the "Lady Who Swallowed a Fly"? These snails will also prey on slugs. They are common to abundant in gardens and damp lawns where they also eat dead leaves and occasionally yound seedlings so there presence in huge numbers is not entirely benign.

Family: Subulinidae

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