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Giant African snail

Achatina

Giant African snail

Giant African land snails are hermaphroditic. They have both male and female organs. Each one can either lay eggs or fertilise eggs. They can even fertilise each other’s eggs at the same time. They lay 100 -500 eggs underground or hidden in vegetation. The tiny babies hatch out after 11-15 days. The shell grows as the snail grows. They do not change shells.

In some places these snails are banned. Thier ability to devastate crops makes them an invasive pest.

Animal class
Invertebrate

Habitat
Sub-Saharan Africa

Diet - Herbivore
Giant African snails eat over 500 different species of plants.

Size
Their shell can grow up to 21 centimeters in length and 13 centimeters in diameter.

Location
They can be found in hot, humid forests in sub-Saharan Africa.

Conservation status
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) has not yet evaluated the status of the giant African land snail.

Threats
Habitat destruction and being gathered for food are threats to the giant African land snail.

Current population
There have been no studies done on giant land snail numbers. They still appear very common.

Zoo population
There are over 1000 giant African land snails in zoos world wide.

Key to acronyms

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

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