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East African Land Snail

Achatina fulica ?

a 35 mm long snail from Nairobi, Kenya, April 2011. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya, Africa. April 2011.

Achatinidae snails feed principally on plant matter, living or dead. When abundant their prolific feeding can be destructive to agricultural and horticultural production. Some species can be used as food and others are popular as terrarium pets. In this way some species have been translocated to other tropical areas and have become serious pests.

Achatinidae -- a Land Snail Family

a 35 mm long snail from Nairobi, Kenya, March 2013. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya, Africa. March 2013.

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updated 5 July 2013.