Anna Elisabeth Ruysch was born in 1666 in The Hague, but worked in Amsterdam from 1681 till her death in 1741. She was a sister of Rachel Ruysch and copied both from her and other contemporary painters . In the collection of the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe, this oil painting is entitled “Dickicht mit Blumen und Tieren” ; in the RKD database “Forest still life with squirrel”, where it is dated c. 1685 .
In the foreground two snails are present. In the corner at right a shell only, in the centre a snail directed at left. Both a dextral specimens of Cepaea, the left one a light morph, the right one a dark morph.
 SKK, inv. 378.