giant African land snail

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giant African land snail,

any of several species of large terrestrial snailssnail,
name commonly used for a gastropod mollusk with a shell. Included in the thousands of species are terrestrial, freshwater, and marine forms. Some eat both plant and animal matter; others eat only one type of food.
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 of tropical Africa that have become agricultural pests in other regions of the world. The species include the giant African snail (Lissachatina fulica, formerly Achatina fulica) of E Africa and the giant Ghana tiger snail (A. achatina), the banana rasp snail (Archachatina marginata), and the Nigerian land snail (Limicolaria aurora) of W Africa. Several of the species may reach 8 in. (20 cm) in length and have shells that are brownish with yellowish vertical stripes; the smaller Nigerian land snail is only 2.5 in. (6 cm) long and has whitish stripes. The snails have become widespread in the Indo-Pacific region and are also found in parts of the Caribbean and Central and South America; Florida has suffered several infestations. The giant African snail is an especially damaging pest to a wide range of plants, and also can damage plaster and stucco on buildings. The snails also may carry parasitic nematodes that can cause meningitis in humans. Giant African land snails are classified in the phylum MolluscaMollusca
, taxonomic name for the one of the largest phyla of invertebrate animals (Arthropoda is the largest) comprising more than 50,000 living mollusk species and about 35,000 fossil species dating back to the Cambrian period.
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, class Gastropoda, family Achatinidae.
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The giant African land snail is the biggest land snail in the world.
The largest species being the giant African land snail (GALS) usually referred to as Tiger snail (Achatina achatina) which can grow up to 30cm in length (Cobbinah et al., 2008; Anim et al., 2001).
It was Paula who placed Aragog the tarantula in my palm earlier and she is one of the four-strong team who operate from an office which is also home to a Giant African Land Snail (Snayla) and a Sphinx cat known as Dobby due to his similarity to the Harry Potter house elf.
Giant African land snail, Lissachatina fulica (Bowdich) (Gastropoda: Stylommatophora: Achatinidae) is an important invasive pest currently present in Miami-Dade and Broward counties of Florida.
and Fowler, G., Pathway Risk Assessment for Achatinidae with emphasis on the Giant African Land Snail Achatina fulica (Bowdich) and Limicolaria aurora (Jay) from the Caribbean and Brazil, with comments on related taxa Achatina achatina (Linne), and Archachatina marginata (Swainson) intercepted by PPQ.
[1] in their investigations on the Giant African land snail Archachatina marginata, noticed a significant decline by 35,6% at the end of 6 weeks aestivation; whereas an increase of about 57,7% by the end of 6 weeks post-aestivation.
For example, the giant African land snail, Archchatina marginata, a delicacy and source of protein for the humans in the region, used to be very abundant in the past but is now becoming rare in many parts of southern Nigeria as a result of habitat destruction and degradation (Segun 1975; Ajayi et al.
Snails, including the giant African land snail, love Niban, manufactured by Rockford, Tennessee-based Nisus Corporation.
The giant African land snail is truly a king among snails , - it is the largest known gastropod.
Socio-Cultural and Traditional Medicinal Value of The Giant African Land Snail (Archachatina marginata) in Southern Nigeria.
There are plenty of friendly animal encounters, including the chance to feed some of the free range Somali sheep, pygmy goats and Cameroon sheep; while the village keeper does themed talks to accompany timed animal feeding demonstrations, and introduces other small animals, such as the giant African land snail or pygmy hedgehog.
([double dagger]) Common name, giant African land snail. Table 2.