Apparently the fate of the shells of terrestrial gastropods after the death of the animal is poorly studied. The author started an experiment by following weight-loss of empty Helix aspersa shells in the field. The first results indicate 4% loss in weight of these empty shells in 3 months due to dissolution. Other possible mechanisms for removal of empty shells are: transport by water; consumption of empty shells by birds, in particular during the bird’s egglaying period; and other gastropods scraping lime from empty shells to use for the construction of their own shells.