All you need to know about Achatina Fulica Breed of Snail

Description Achatina fulica (garden snail, foolish snail) is a large snail, reaching 20 cm in length or occasionally more, with a shell length up to 20 cm and a maximum diameter of 12 cm. The conical, spiraled shell is predominantly brown with weak, darker banded markings across the spiral. Coloration is highly variable, depending on diet. A mature snail averages 250 g in weight. Distribution The species originated in the coastal regions of East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania), and spread by the 19th century into Southern Ethiopia, Southern Somalia, and Northern…

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All you need to know about Achatina Achatina Breed of Snail

SOURCING, SELECTION AND STOCKING OF SNAILS

Achatina Achatina (giant snail, tiger snail), a widely distributed species in West Africa (particularly in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo), can be considered a good candidate for snail farming in most areas of West Africa, although it requires higher humidity than the other two species and needs a longer growing time to reach sexual maturity. Description Achatina achatina snails are reputedly the largest land snails in the world. Although usually much smaller, they can grow up to 30 cm in body length and 25 cm…

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Suitable Tropical Snail Species for Farming

Basic Snail Farming Tools and Equipment’s

A list of edible snail species of African origin is provided below. Europe and North America have over 20 edible species, of which the most popular are petit-gris or the small grey snail, Helix aspersa, the Burgundy snail, H. pomatia, and escargot turc or the snail of Turkey, H. lucorum. Snail meat of these species is known as ‘escargot’ in France; snail meat of GALS is sometimes exported from Africa and sold as ‘escargot achatine’. The most popular edible snails in West Africa are the giant snail, Achatina achatina, and…

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The Most Suitable Species of Snails

Impact of Soil Characteristics on Snails

Biology of Snails Snails belong to a group of invertebrate animals known as molluscs. Most molluscs carry a shell. Other members of this group include slugs, mussels, squid and cuttlefish. This Agrodok concentrates on the farming potential of the giant African land snails (GALS), more specifically the species Achatina achatina, Achatina fulica and Archachatina marginata. These belong to the family Achatinidae, a diverse group of large pulmonate land snails, originally from western, eastern, and southern Africa, with long slen-der shells. Their size ranges from 3 cm to 25 cm. The…

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Comprehensive Guide on How to Plan a Snail Farming Venture

Factors to Consider when Choosing a Snail Farm Site

Agromisa’s AgroBrief No. 3, Snail Farming (M. Leeflang, 2005) provides useful guidelines for anyone considering snail farming (see also Apendix’s below: Appendix 1). A sequence of five steps is suggested: 1 Plan (market, production, organization) 2 Pilot production and sales 3 Go or no-go decision 4 Investment in facilities and know-how (cages/pens, finance, knowledge) 5 Upscaling (logistics, quality, financial control) Prescriptions: The following chapters present prescriptions for the actual farming of snails, e.g. suitable snail species, environment, housing, stock, feed and health. Caution: Before embarking on snail farming make sure…

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