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Giant African Land Snail


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Giant African Land Snail
Giant African Land Snail
Giant African Land Snail
Giant African Land Snail
Giant African Land Snail
The giant African land snail, is the largest species of snail found on land and generally grow to around 20 cm in length. The giant African land snail is native to the forest areas of East Africa but has been introduced into Asia, the Caribbean and a number of islands in both the Pacific and the Indian oceans.

The giant African land snail is generally seen as a pest as these snails will eat almost anything vegetarian that they can find and have proven to be quite destructive when around crops and wild flowers. Giant African land snails are also known to carry parasites and are illegal to keep as pets in some countries such as the USA.

The giant African land snail is native to humid, forest areas but can today be found in agricultural areas, coast land, natural forest, planted forests, shrublands, urban areas, and wetlands. The giant African land snail is seen to be highly invasive species and large colonies of land snails can be formed from just one individual.

Giant African land snails have both male and female reproductive organs. Although giant African land snails primarily mate with one another, in more isolated regions the giant African land snail is capable of reproducing by itself. Giant African land snail lay around 6 clutches of eggs every year, laying an average of 200 eggs per clutch. Around 90% of snail hatchings survive meaning that a snail free area can quickly become infested.

Giant African land snails are active during the night and spend the daytime hours safely buried underground. Giant African land snails reach their adult size by the time they are 6 months old and although their growth rate slows at this point, giant African land snails never stop growing. Most giant African land snail reach between 5 and 6 years of age but some giant African land snail individuals have been known to be more than 10 years old.

During periods of extreme drought, the giant African land snail goes into aestivation (summer sleep). The giant African land snail seals itself inside it's shell to retain water and giant African land snails do this about 3 times a year, depending on the areas in which they inhabit.


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Giant African Land Snail Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Mollusca
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Gastropoda
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Achatinoidea
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Achatinidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Achatina
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Achatina Fulica
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mollusc
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Herbivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
15-30cm (6-11.8in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
250-450g (8.8-15.9oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
0.003km/h (0.002mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
3-10 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Yellow, Red
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Hard Outer Shell
Favourite Food:Leaves
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Humid forest areas
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
200
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Leaves, Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Wild Cats, Birds, Humans
Special Features:Hard protective shell and have both male and female reproductive organs

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