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 is also what they use to breathe! When inside the shell a snail can sleep up to 2 years!

  • 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
Distribution:
Eastern Africa
Did you know?
Snails have feet! A foot of their body is a foot covered in slime which helps them move around and even climb up glass

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