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Giant African Land Snail

Achatina fulica




1 species ID suggestions

achmmad
achmmad 2 years ago
Giant African Land Snail
Achatina fulica Achatina fulica

12 Comments

Ava T-B
Ava T-B a year ago

I've moved this snail from the Arthropod category tot he Other category for you. Arthropods have exoskeletons and articulated joints; think flies, crabs, dragonflies.

namitha
namitha a year ago

Hi ToddBell, As achmmad has pointed out this is turning out to be a super pest. Could you please add this spotting to 'The Giant African Snail Hunt',http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/14260136
It is a mission which I started to study the invasion extent of the African Snail.

ToddBell
ToddBell 2 years ago

Great discussion. Saw these snails after a 6 days hike through the jungle back to Bukit lawang. One of my best trips. I'll find a photo of one on my beer to give a size perspective.

achmmad
achmmad 2 years ago

Oh, thank you! I'll suggest it to my father next time! Btw, I mean how to eradicate their invasion?

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

Achmmad, a natural way to protect your plants is by sprinkling crushed egg shells around the plant. The egg shells contain magnesium and calcium and that will not hurt the plant . You will get a healthy crop. the snails however will not venture near the crop because they do not like walking on rough surfaces .

achmmad
achmmad 2 years ago

Alice: They are introduced from East Africa, considered invasive in my country. Yes, its big, like the name. The biggest one I've ever found seems 13-15 cm shell, about 20 cm (may be) when walking. @Emma: I've never see them eat other snail, just crops or other species of plants. Btw, any strategies to control their population outside their native range?

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

We have lots of Helix Pomatas here because of so much limestone around.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

these are voracious.eaters. I am trying to get an estimate of how much bigger they are than the average snail.Seem to be five times larger.
Do they eat other snails?

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 2 years ago

Thank You! In Florida, we have snails too, but nothing like the size of yours!

achmmad
achmmad 2 years ago

Alice: 'They eat up my papaya leaves!' very bad pest almost over Indonesia.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 2 years ago

Any story with this picture?

Indonesia

Lat: 3.54, Long: 98.13

Spotted on Feb 29, 2012
Submitted on Mar 1, 2012

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