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Old 04-17-04, 10:00 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I think that Giant African Land Snails are the biggest, getting up to 8". I would really like to get one. Apparently, they don't need a mate to lay fertile eggs. Can these be fed to monitors like the apple snails? I'm curious because they lay like 100 eggs
They can actually lay up to 200ish eggs in a clutch. They aren't asexual however, they are hermaphrodites, so they do need another snail to mate with. Giant African Land Snails are actually part of a Savs natural diet. They are illegal around here so the sale of them is prohibitted at shows.

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We had Giant African Land snails - but unfortunately they dried out, and did not survive.
Weird. They are supposed to be able to survive freezing temps, droughts, and food shortages - I believe this is one of the reasons they are illegal in most places across North America.
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Weird. They are supposed to be able to survive freezing temps, droughts, and food shortages - I believe this is one of the reasons they are illegal in most places across North America.
They probably would burrow during a drought, you know, microclimates....

Ours got too dry (really dry) and we heard if we got them humid they would come back alive - but, no they were dead. Just as well, I guess, because it was around that time I had learned that they were prohibited in Canada because of CFIA regs. I heard from others of theirs dying also.

The kind we had, I was told, only laid 30 eggs at a time. The eggs were huge (100 times bigger than our applesnail eggs)

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