Helix pomatia

Helix pomatia

Helix pomatia, common names the Burgundy snail or Roman snail or edible snail, is a species of large, edible, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Helicidae.

It is frequently farmed, and is called by the French name escargot when it is used in cooking.

During aestivation this species creates a calcareous epiphragm in order to seal the opening of the shell.

This species of snail creates and uses love darts.


This species is native to the limestone areas of central and south-eastern Europe.


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