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Lissachatina fulica

Giant African snail, giant African land snail

Synonym(s): Achatina fulica
Class: Gastropoda
Order: Stylommatophora
Family: Achatinidae

Photographer: Andrew Derksen


Large terrestrial snail that can reach up to 8 inches in lenth and nearly 5 inches in diameter. The brownish shellcovers at least half the length of the snail.

Ecological Threat: Damages native plants and crops. Scientists consider the giant African snail, Achatina fulica, to be one of the most damaging snails in the world. It is known to eat at least 500 different types of plants.

Biology: Human introductions

History: Imported as pets and for educational purposes; may also arrive accidentally in cargo. First established population was found in 1966.

U.S. Habitat: Terrestrial moist areas.


Native Origin: Africa

U.S. Present: Only found in Miami, FL. Not currently found in TX.

If you believe you have found a giant African snail please report this species.




Call the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at 1-800-703-4457.

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Text References

USDA APHIS PPQ. National Invasive Species Information Center. Animal Profile: Giant African Snail. Accessed 05 January 2012.

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Last Updated: 12-05-2013 by JDB