What snail species am I looking at?

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At least a few times a year the plant pest lab receives a request for assistance with snail identification. Check out this neat pictorial key to identify the gastropods in your backyard : https://idtools.org/id/mollusc/identification.php.

Snails and slugs are most often found submitted by home gardeners and landscaping professionals causing feeding damage on hostas. If you are finding slugs and snails in your home garden, please refer to page 20 in this useful Extension publication for management considerations. Slugs and snails can occasionally can become a pest in agricultural settings such as cotton production.

Post by Eleanor Lopez, plant pathogen and insect diagnostician.