The African Giant Snail – The Largest Snail On Earth

Posted on 15 April 2010 oddy88

The African giant snail, also called as the giant tiger land snail, is the largest snail from its family. The Giant Ghana snail is native to the forest of Ghana, Africa. Those snails are hermaphrodites, like almost all pulmonate gastropods. The shells of these snails grow s to  18 centimeters of length with a  diameter of 9 centimeters, however, there are also bigger examples.

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Those snails lives in tropical condition where they do not have natural enemies. Each of those gigantic snails  lays up to twelve hundred eggs per year  that causing a big problem in natural habitat for the other, normal size snails that we have used to.

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The size does matter in this case, the Giant Tiger snail demolish around 500 kinds of plants and they also eat the stucco and paint on buildings. Those things cause that the local tree snails  are threatened or to become extinct.

Image sources from Flickr: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11.

12 Comments For This Post

  1. Bernardo Suss Says:


  2. Jack Says:

    When I was in Kenya I seen one of these snails and it was at least twice the size of the largest snail pictured. I would say the snail I saw was 16-18″

  3. cook_em_up Says:

    I wonder if they are edible? Imagine the bucks they could make selling em if they could be served up to the tourists looking for “delicacies” of different countries. And no green crap to clean off the shells like river snails.
    Giant “escargo”.

  4. Jennifer Says:

    can they be used for escargot?

  5. yo Says:

    I wouldn’t exactly hold them, but they can be extremely cute!

    They’re also more nutritious than beef!

  6. lis Says:

    Anyone got a bucket of salt??

  7. Jack Vermicelli Says:

    Was this article auto-translated from another language or something? The writing is terrible.

  8. gloria Says:

    aww how i miss africa these taste great in tomato soup.

  9. Tania Says:

    ohh! I am impresed!

  10. MantaiXp Says:

    if I can keep these things I might probably keep one

  11. Mariann Thadison Says:

    Right this moment, I acquired a second-degree burn and journey to the emergency room as a result of a baked potato exploded in my hand.

  12. Mue Says:

    I have them! 😀

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