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   Mar 29

What is a Decollate Snail?

The Decollate Snail, or “Rumina decollata,” is a carnivorous snail that feeds on young brown snails and brown snail eggs. It is about one inch long with a slim conical shell, and is much smaller than its brown-shelled pray. Decollates also eat dead and decaying vegetation, and may occasionally nibble at brand-new seedlings, so it’s best to release Decollates in established gardens or solid ground cover like ivy or iceplant. Unlike the Brown Garden Snail, Decollates do not climb trees, walls, or foliage. They burrow under moist earth to protect themselves from the sun and cold.