Milk Snail

Otala lactea

Summary 4

Otala lactea,common names, the milk snail, or Spanish snail, is a large, edible species of air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Helicidae the typical snails. Archaeological recovery at the Volubilis illustrates prehistoric exploitation of O. lactea by humans.

Distribution 4

This species of snail is native to Europe and parts of North Africa. It has been introduced to the USA, including Arizona and Florida, and to Bermuda, Cuba, southeastern Australia.

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) stonebird, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/stonebird/28897429/
  2. (c) Femorale, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.femorale.com/shellphotos/detail.asp?species=Otala%20lactea%20(Muller,%201774)
  3. (c) Neil Fahy, some rights reserved (CC BY), uploaded by Ken-ichi Ueda, http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/1778424
  4. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otala_lactea

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Establishment introduced
Slug or snail snail