Am­ber snail (Suc­cinea pu­tris)

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A ter­res­trial snail, the am­ber prefers to live in damp places and is typ­i­cally found on plants grow­ing in or near wa­ter. The com­bi­na­tion of the am­ber-coloured translu­cent shell and its un­usual shape with a tiny spire makes it easy to put a name to. Like most snails, it’s a her­maph­ro­dite, be­com­ing sex­u­ally ma­ture once it’s reached half its fi­nal shell size. Pairs will mate, but they can also use auto-fer­til­i­sa­tion, al­low­ing rapid in­creases in a pop­u­la­tion

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