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Giant African Land Snail

Achatina fulica


Shell is conical shape and coloration is variable depending on diet. They can grow up to 8 inches in length. This one is about 4 inches. Top 100 invasive species.


Native to East Africa and its habitat now includes most regions of the humid tropics.


The giant East African snail is a macrophytophagous herbivore; it eats a wide range of plant material, fruit, and vegetables. It will sometimes eat sand, very small stones, bones from carcasses and even concrete as calcium sources for its shell. In rare instances the snails will consume each other.

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Hawaii, USA

Spotted on May 6, 2012
Submitted on Oct 3, 2013

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