We were shocked to see this gigantic specimen in our neighbourhood garden while on our walk. Measuring more than 20 cm in length, it is easily the largest snail I’ve seen in India. This is the Giant African Snail
Lissachatina fulica is a species of large land snail that belongs in the subfamily Achatininae of the family Achatinidae.
It is also known as the Giant African land snail. It shares the common name “giant African snail” with other species of snails such as Achatina achatina and Archachatina marginata.
This snail species has been considered a significant cause of pest issues around the world. Internationally, it is the most frequently occurring invasive species of snail. It not just destroys and displaces native snail species, it spreads disease amongst humans as well. It is considered one of the world’s top 100 pests.