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Giant African Land Snail Eggs

In Conservatory by Robin Snieder

Giant African Land Snails (Archachatina ventricosa)
We don’t often think about where snails come from, and they also hatch from eggs! Depending on the species and type of snail (land vs aquatic), eggs may be laid singly or in groups. The Giant African Land Snails that we display in our Conservatory lay single large eggs that are white or pale yellow in colour, about the size of a grape. It can take 1 – 2 months for the eggs to hatch into a cute little snail that simply looks like a smaller version of the adults. The baby snail hatches complete with a shell, and as the animal grows, the shell continues to grow and in fact, grows continuously over the snail’s life. A single adult Giant Land Snail can lay hundreds if not thousands of eggs throughout their 10-year lifespan!