Important facts about snails

  •  Giant African land snail lays around six clutches of eggs every year, laying an average of 200 eggs per clutch.
     
  • Snails are sensitive to vibration, frequent touching and dirty environment.
     
  • Snails can be raised indoor or outdoor.
     
  • Achatina fulica require about 18.28 per cent of crude protein in its diet during the growth    
  • Snails hibernate during the dry season.
  • 99 per cent of snail activities occur in the night.
     
  • The protein content of snail is between 16 – 18per cent (FAO).
  •  FAO recommends 65grammes of snails to be taken daily.
  • Snail meat contains very little cholesterol or fat.
  • In Europe, snail meat is called escargot.
  •  Snail meat has both local and export potentials.
  •  Snails are quiet animals and easy to raise.
  •  The snail shell is one third of the total weight of snail.
  •  The shell sometimes indicates the age and maturity of the snail.
  •  Shell growth is influenced by food type and calcium availability.
  •  Low calcium intake reduces snail growth and causes the shell to be thinner.
  •  Giant snail eats a wide range of plant material, fruit and vegetables. It will sometimes eat sand, very small stones, bones from carcasses and even concrete as calcium sources for its shell
  • Life span of snail is two – five years.
  • The speed movement of snail is between 10cm – 15cm per minute.
  •  Snails are hermaphrodite i.e have both male and female reproductive organs.
  •  Snails mate with snail of the same species in other to lay fertilised eggs.
  •  Sexual maturity in snails takes between eight to 16 months depending on weather and availability of calcium.
  •  Hatchability of eggs also depends on soil temperature, soil humidity and soil composition.
  •  The first food of the newly hatched snail is their own egg shell.
  •  Newly hatched snails are sensitive to extreme heat.
  •  A newly hatched snail is about 4mm long.
  •  Young snails enjoy soft vegetables like lettuce.
  •  Giant African land snails eat about 500 different types of plants.
  •  Snails eat vegetables and fruits.
  •  Snails drink fresh water.
  •  Snails also enjoy fresh beer. So give them once a while.
  •  Snails grow faster when you supplement their food with formulated feeds.
  •  Snails also eat some food crops, grains and tubers.
  •  Snails eat boiled meat and snail meat.
  •  Don’t give snails salt or salty foods.
  •  Snails greatest enemy is the Sun.
  •  Other enemies of snails are snakes, soldier ants, lizards, rats, house flies and termites.
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