Giant East African Snail (Achatina fulica)
Giant East African Snail
Gastropoda > Stylommatophora > Achatinidae
Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822
Photographer: John W. Dooley, USDA APHIS PPQ
Description: Large shell cone-shaped shaped nail. Voraceous plant feeder and very destructive to landscape and homes. Picked up in baggage by PPQ Officer Berk Brown. As an agricultural pest in Florida, the shell was eradicated (see Abbott, 1989, Compendium of Landshells, pg.78) in 1972. Found in Hawaii and American Samoa, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tahiti, etc
John W. Dooley, USDA APHIS PPQ, www.forestryimages.org
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