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Habitat: native to West Africa
Status: no conservation concerns
The Giant Ghana Snail has yet to be found outside of Africa in the wild, but there is a significant threat of it becoming quite a pest problem in the U.S. In America, the creature is routinely confiscated by Quarantine Authorities at US airports because it has become quite the popular pet these days with owners priding themselves on how large the snails can grow in captivity.
The problem is these huge creatures can lay up to twelve hundred eggs per year, making its huge size and large population a major concern for our natural ecosystems.
And speaking of, here’s a video of someone’s pet Giant African Land Snail eating a leaf. It’s an albino, so if you look closely you can even see its muscles and things moving in its head while he chops away!