Freshwater snails are Gastropods that live in freshwater habitats from small ephemeral pools to large bodies of water, including lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. They disperse across different habitats and isolated bodies of water via leaves being blown in the wind, flooding and on animals’ bodies and feet. A number of species are hosts to some parasitic species of flatworms. Freshwater snails are mostly algae eaters but some species do eat aquatic plant material, live prey and other snails. In the wild they will live for up to 3 years as they’re usually killed by predators. They are common and widespread across the UK.