Pets

Meet Brian The African Land Snail

Many of you may know that we have a lot of pets. 1 dog, 3 cats, 1 budgie, 10 chickens and 4 fish.

This morning we added another member to our tribe! ‘His’ name is Brian and ‘he’ is a Giant African Land Snail! GAL snails make super easy pets, great for those who don’t want to commit to a pet that requires lots of attention, or cash!

Ivy bringing Brian home.

Giant Africa Land Snail facts

  • GAL snails have a life expectancy of 5-10 years!
  • They can grow up to 30cm in length!
  • These awesome snails are herbivores and love salads and fruits!
  • Maturity is reached at 6 months, but they never stop growing!
  • GAL snails are hermaphrodites. They have both male and female sexual organs, but still require another snail to mate. But there has been rare reported cases of self fertilisation!
  • Snails can lay up to 200 eggs per reproductive cycle!
  • They like to bury themselves in soil during the day!

I used to keep Giant African Land Snails as a teenager, and it was only last night that I decided to buy one for my girls to enjoy. My husband also kept these snails when he was a young boy. It seems that keeping these pets is a right of passage for all kids.

Would you like to keep Giant African Land Snails? Let me know in the comments below.

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 young daughters, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting brands.

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2 Comments

  1. Fae says:

    I have just found your post about giant African land snails! I would love to keep one, probably two, but I can’t seem to find anyone local to me (Northamptonshire) that sells/breeds them, did you find them relatively easy to find and purchase? How are they to keep? Thanks, Fae x

    1. Hi Faye, We are in Bedfordshire and there are lots of places that seem to sell them around here (local reptile shop and a Koi fish company are the most popular locally). Have a quick search locally on FB or gumtree and chances are you shall find some local to you. A pair can lay hundreds of eggs a year, so there are lots of people giving away small babies! They are super easy to keep. I recommend joining the Giant African Land Snail UK group on FB. It’s a wealth of knowledge. H x

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