Giant East African Snail

Scientific name 
Achatina fulica
Giant African Land Snail

What it looks like: Giant East African Snails feature a large and distinct shell which can be noted for coiling in either a clockwise or anticlockwise direction. The colour of their shells is dependent on their diet, with yellow, orange, pink and brown being common colours noted.

Animal facts:

  • Giant East African Snails are active during the day and tend to hide during the day.
  • It’s an extremely invasive species and in some places it’s illegal to release them into the wild.
  • One of the largest terrestrial snails in the world.

What they eat: The Giant East African Snail is a herbivore and feeds on a variety of plants, fruit and vegetables.

Where they live: The Giant East African Snail is native to East Africa as you have guessed by the name and can be traced back to Tanzania and Kenya.

Habitat: This species is able to live in a number of environments including, tropics, forests, agricultural farmland, scrub and shrublands and urban areas.

Family
Achatinidae
Class
Gastropoda
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Average length
20cm