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Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Achatina Fulica
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
15-30cm (6-11.8in)
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
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
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
The specific area where the animal lives
Humid forest areas
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
Main Prey:Leaves, Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers
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

Giant African Land Snail Location

Map of Giant African Land Snail Locations
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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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Charles Awunor
"It's a great delicacy for us in Nigeria we eat it so well here matter of fact I just had one awhile ago n it's so delicious "
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First Published: 6th July 2009, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

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