Giant African Land Snail

Regarded as one of the world’s most invasive species, the giant African snail has been introduced around the world from its native home in eastern Africa.


It is a hermaphrodite, meaning that each individual has both male and female reproductive organs. A snail shell not only gives it protection, it helps to reduce their body's water loss by evaporation. During periods of drought, a snail can seal itself inside its shell and stay there for up to a year!

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Family:
Achatinidae
Diet:
Living or dead plant matter from as many as 500 different plant species, including cabbage, cauliflower, cacao and banana.
Life Span:
5 - 6 years in the wild, 10+ in captivity.
Distribution:
Eastern Africa
Did you know?
There are more than 43,000 species of snail in the world!

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