Bearded Snail

Our milkweed has much more than Monarch Caterpillars feeding on it. I am constantly finding new inhabitants.

This wet summer has been great for the snails, I love watching them look at things with their round eyes atop stretchy stalks. I don’t know anything about identifying them, so for now, I am calling this one our bearded snail. He looks like he has two whiskers and a short scruffy beard on his chin. If anyone knows his actual name, or the function of his chin ridges, please put it in the comments 🙂

Snail and Aphids on Milkweed

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  1. restaurantstogo says:

    Based solely on the prevalence and distribution, my opinion is that it is a common garden snail, Helix aspersa. However, I cannot see the shell to use as an identifying characteristic.

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    1. yardgonewild says:

      I added a second picture. It is not of the same individual- but I’m fairly certain it’s the same type of snail. Thanks for helping with an identification:) Any idea what the function of the chin ridges are?


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