Species at Risk

Banff Springs Snail

Physella johnsoni

How can I help?


Species at Risk poster featuring Banff springs snail. Poster featuring the Banff springs snail.
© Government of Canada / Mark and Leslie Degner / 2001
  • Respect the habitat of the Banff springs snail when you visit Banff National Park. Contact parks staff immediately if you see any vandalism, unintentional disturbance or threats to the snail or its hot spring habitat.
  • Respect the after-hours closure of the Basin spring at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Penalties for ignoring closures can result in fines of up to $5 000.
  • Remember, just as healthy grizzly bear populations reflect the integrity of Rocky Mountain ecosystems, healthy snail populations reflect the integrity of thermal spring ecosystems. It's all a matter of scale!

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