Identification guide for common and exotic snails
Giant African Snail (Achatina fulica)
Common size 5-10cm.
Maximum size 20-30cm.
Not native to Australia.
Prescribed and notifiable pest.
Moist habitats such as leaf litter, thick shrubs and timber piles.
Photo courtesy Annette K Goodman
Fraser's Land Snail (Sphaerospira fraseri)
Maximum size 4-5cm.
Native. Northeast NSW and Southeast QLD.
Typically found in rainforests and wet open forests.
Common Garden Snail (Helix aspersa)
Maximum size 3-4cm.
Widely distributed throughout Australia.
Typically found in suburban gardens.
Green Snail (Helix aperta)
Maximum size 10-12cm
Established in WA.
Typically found in rainforests.
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Last updated 10 February 2005