African Giant Snail Juvenile Snails
The juvenile snails are around 1 month old
- The adult of these snails often grow to a length of 18 centimetres (7.1 in) with a diameter of 9 centimetres (3.5 in).
- Certain examples have been surveyed in the wild at 30×15 cm, making them the largest extant land snail species known.
- Similar to other giant land snails such as the Achatina fulica, Achatina achatinas are herbivores. Their diets consist of many plants such as nuts, flowers, fruit, stems, and leaves.
- Like almost all pulmonate gastropods, these snails are hermaphrodites, having male and female sex organs.
- Each snail lays up to 800 or more eggs per year.
- Achatina achatina is an important source of animal protein for West African forest-dwelling ethnic groups, and there is potential for commercial farming. This species’ substantial size and potential for rapid population growth makes it a good option for breeding.
- Archachatina marginata (African giant snail)