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Cepaea nemoralis is among the largest and because of its polymorphism and bright colours one of the most easily identified snails in Western Europe. The color of the shell of Cepaea nemoralis is very variable, reddish, brownish, yellow or whitish, with or without dark brown colour bands. Apertural lip usually dark brown, rarely white. The umbilicus is narrow but open in juveniles, closed in adults. For every colour variant names were established in the 1800s, this was later abandoned. The surface of the shell is semi-glossy, and it has from 4½ to 5½ whorls
The grove snail or brown-lipped snail is a species of air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusc. It is one of the most common species of land snail in Europe and has been introduced to North America.