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

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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Major Disadvantages of Snail Farming

Seasonal and Daily Management Practices for Snail

There is a popular saying that anything that has an advantage also have a disadvantage. I guess that saying is also applicable to snail farming as a business as it also have it’s own disadvantages. Some of the major disadvantages of snail farming business includes but not limited to the following: 1. Climate Without expensive artificial means of climate control, snail farming is restricted to the humid tropical forest zone, which offers a constant temperature, high relative humidity, preferably no dry season, and a fairly constant day/night rhythm throughout the…

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Basic Advantages of Snail Farming

Basic Advantages of Snail Farming

When trying to invest into Snail Farming as a business, some people easily get discouraged maybe because of the fact that they don’t see the need to actually go into it as a business without knowing that snail farming is actually a very lucrative business. Today, we are going to be discussing about those basic advantages of snail farming as related to environment, inputs and the meat consumption values below: Environment Snails are environment-friendly, because, unlike poultry or pigs, neither the snail nor its droppings smell offensively. Snails can also…

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Introduction to Snail Meat Consumption

Climatic and Environmental Requirements for Snails

Snail meat has been consumed by humans worldwide since prehistoric times. It is high in protein (12-16%) and iron (45-50 mg/kg), low in fat, and contains almost all the amino acids needed by humans. A recent study has also shown that the glandular substances in edible snail meat cause agglutination of certain bacteria, which could be of value in fighting a variety of ailments, including whooping cough. Edible snails also play an important role in folk medicine. In Ghana, the bluish liquid obtained from the shell when the meat has…

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Factors that made Snail Farming a Highly Lucrative Business

Seasonal and Daily Management Practices for Snail

Snail farming as some people already know is a very lucrative business but now the big question is: What exactly makes snail farming to be that highly lucrative? Today we are going to be discussing about those factors that makes snail farming as a business very lucrative. Some of such factors includes and not limited to the following: 1. A high rate of malnutrition in the country Malnutrition has been and currently one of Nigeria big problem to be solved. It is in fact, a marketing opportunity for any aspiring…

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What Every Young Farmer Should Know About The 3 Types Of Snails: Achatina Marginata (AM), Achatina Achatina (AA) and Achatina Fulica (AF)

What Every Young Farmer Should Know About The 3 Types Of Snails: Achatina Marginata (AM), Achatina Achatina (AA) and Achatina Fulica (AF)

90% of the Nigerian snails are the Achatina Marginata Specie. Caution must be employed in selecting your choice of snails for breeding stock. There are 3 major type of Snails in Nigeria and are said to be the largest in the world; The Achatina Marginata (AM), The Achatina Achatina (AA), and The Achatina Fullica (AF). The AM is peculiar to Nigeria Alone and is usually d largest among all the snails on earth and can produce up to 40 eggs in a clutch & will produce such clutches 3 to…

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