FACTORS AFFECTING THE GROWTH AND REPRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE IN SNAIL

•        Environmental Factors
•        Stages of production
•        Feeding
•        Stocking rate
•        Darkness
•        Management Practices
•        Climatics factor
•        Source of the foundation stock.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AFFECTING PERFORMANCE
Climatic factors affecting snail production:

  • Rainfall
  • Temperature (Hibernation and Aestivation)
  • Wind
  • Light
  • Relative humidity.

How to avoid excess water in the snail pen:

  1. Drum/Tank: Drum and Tank for rearing snail should be perforated at the bottom or sides to drain the excess water in soil. Wetting of the soil must be moderate.
  2. Cage: Holes should be drilled around the side and bottom of the cage. Avoid excess wetting of the soil.
  3. High Fenced Pen: Palm fronds should be densely placed on the top of the pen

EDAPHIC FACTORS AFFECTING SNAIL PERFORMANCE
Edaphic factors affecting snail farming are:

  • Soil pH
  • Soil Texture
  • Soil Structure
  • Topography
  • Soil Fertility.

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