Giant African Land Snail

Latin name Achatina fulica
Class Gastropoda
Family Achatinidae
Habitat: Wet sand and humid tropics
IUCN Status Not Listed
Distribution: East Africa

General Information

These huge land snails are herbivores therefore they eat a wide range of plant material, fruit and vegetables. The conical shaped shell can reach up to 20cms in length. Giant African land snails are used as a source of food in Africa. This species of snail is listed as one of the top 100 invasive species in the world and it is illegal to release them or their eggs into the wild.

Lifespan: 5-6 years in captivity

Fun Fact

Giant African land snails are hermaphrodites, meaning they are both the female and male. They are very prolific breeders and can lay over a 1000 eggs per year.

Keeper Notes

Our snails love cuttlefish bone and it helps strengthen their shells.