volume 44, Article number: 118 (2020) To stay on the safe side, I would recommend the temperature to always stay above 20°C (68 fahrenheit). statement and These land snails eat plants at a ferocious state, and so, this behaviour leads to the destruction of crops and damages to homes. Ejidike and Afolayan (2010) pointed out that the availability of acceptable snail feed could contribute a lot in encouraging interest in snail farming, thereby mitigating the current acute animal protein shortage. Journal of research in forestry, wildlife and environment 2(1):107–111, Esonu BO, Lheukwumere FC, Lwuji TC, Akanu N, Nwugo OH (2003) Evaluation of Microdermis puberula leaf meal as feed ingredient in broiler starter diet. Conventional feeds of snail comprise breadfruits, waterleaf, pawpaw leaf and fruit, sweet orange, mango fruit, ripe fruit of plantain and banana, and other feeds of plant origin (Isikwenu 2015). The natural habitat of African giant land snail is facing deforestation and degradation due to human activities. J., 16: 85-95. According to Amaefule and Onwudike (2000), Ani and Okeke (2003), Esonu et al. Bulletin of the National Research Centre © 2020 BioMed Central Ltd unless otherwise stated. The Archachatina is a genus that includes many species such as A.ventricosa, A.puylaerti, or A.marginata with several sub-species (ovum, suturalis, marginata…). J. Agric. Learn how your comment data is processed. The land gastropod mollusk scientists refer to a large family … Elsevier science publisher. This study corroborates the claim of Nyameasem and Borketey-La (2014) that layer mash (a concentrate ration) supported reproduction in the snails better than pawpaw fruit diet which gave the poorest result. J. Livest. Ejidike BN (2007) Influence of artificial diet on captive rearing of African giant land snail Archachatina marginata pulmonata: Stylommatophora. The average juvenile snails were statistically (p > 0.05) similar in snails on leaf meal-inclusive diets (T3–T5) and significantly (p < 0.05) higher than snails on GNCD-inclusive diets. Certains Archachatina comme les marginata candefacta mesurent environ 8cm pour moins de 100g adultes alors que certains marginata ovum 18 cm pour 600g! The datasets used and/or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request. Figure 2: Histogram showing weight, length and width of A. marginata eggs collected from different sizes of the adult groups. These are quite big (1 to 2cm/0,4″ to 0,8″). Levels of heavy metals (Fe, Ni, Mn, Cu, Pb, Cd and Co) in . The shell weight was significantly (p < 0.05) higher in treatments 2 and 4 than the other treatments. This is just to name a few! (2015), and Oyeagu et al. This mating method makes reproduction and population increase very slow for the Archachatina Marginata, unlike the Achatina Achatina. The best way to attach it is on the side of your vivarium and not underneath, so they still have a cool place they can bury if needed. Egg hatchability, the fertility of eggs, and average juvenile snails of snails fed on leaf meal-inclusive diets were superior to concentrate-fed snails without leaf meal inclusion; this suggest the beneficial ability of the leaf meals to influence reproduction positively. Springer Nature. This summarizes the call for the balanced nutrient formulation to meet the production requirement of snails. Effects of Feeding Different Protein Diets in Growth Performance and Carcass Quality of Snails (Archachatina marginata) 6 0 0 Concentrate diet is essential for optimal reproductive output in snails. Cite this article. Your email address will not be published. p. 96–105. The trend reveals that snails fed with UPWP had the least final weight and weight gain which was accompanied by the highest feed intake across the treatments. It shares the common name "giant African snail" with other species of snails such as Achatina achatina and Archachatina marginata.. As far as we know, all Archachatina snails have a V shape on their tail. All parameters assessed were significantly (p < 0.05) affected by the treatments except GIT weight. Embryo mortality was statistically (p > 0.05) similar in snails on concentrate-based diets (T2–T5) and was significantly (p < 0.05) lower than snails on T1. Moringa oleifera, Leucaena leucocephala, and Gliricidia sepium leaf meals were obtained from pasture and forage fields within the teaching and research farm premises. The foot weight was significantly (p < 0.05) least in snails on T1, followed by treatment 3, and significantly (p < 0.05) highest value was obtained in snails on T4. The carcass weight was significantly (p < 0.05) least in T1 followed by T4. Your email address will not be published. Don’t hesitate to ask me questions in the comments. J To understand snail, we need to first, understand the nature of this slow animal ( snail ), how they respond to their environment, … (2002). Influence of food and season on egg production of African giant land snail (Archachatina marginata). Egg hatchability of snails on T4 and T5 were significantly (p < 0.05) higher than snails on treatments 2 and 3. Archachatina marginata Swainson, 1821 Subcategories: Archachatina marginata candefacta / Archachatina marginata eduardi / Archachatina marginata egregia / Archachatina marginata grevillei / Archachatina marginata icterica / Archachatina marginata marginata / Archachatina marginata ovum / Archachatina marginata … The feed intake of snails on T2–T5 was statistically (p > 0.05) similar and significantly (p < 0.05) lower than snails on T1. To catch a snail without rushing it when it’s stuck on a side of the vivarium, get your hands and the snail wet, then pass a finger under its head and gently pull its shell. The initial weight was similar across the treatments, indicating homogeneity in randomizing and allotting snails to treatment. The don’ts: pasta, rice, salt, onion, food treated with pesticides (for that you can just peel the veggies and fruits). Just imagine yourself, eating green beans for the rest of your life… not so great? These giant African land snails are in the family Achatinidae. Nigerian Journal of Animal Science 14:92–100, Eze JN, Eruvbetine D, Akpodiete OJ, Okonkwo JC (2010) Feeding pattern, carcass and shell qualities of snails (Archachatina marginata) fed different material. See you next week for a new article! That’s why I’m now going to give you caring methods instead of cooking recipes! Ejidike B.N., Afolanyan T.A., and Alokan J.A. These are non-exhaustive lists, so feel free to test other things out yourself: Fruits: apple, apricot, banana, grapes, kiwi fruit, mango, melon, peach, pear, raspberry, strawberry, plum, tomato…, Vegetables: lettuce, eggplant, broccoli, carrot, cabbage, zucchini, pumpkin, radish, pepper, mushrooms…, Food supplement: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hard-boiled egg, raw meat, pinkies, dog/cat food, fish flakes…, A calcium source: cuttlefish bones, crushed oyster shell, eggshell (if you really don’t have anything else to give them). When it comes to snail farming, we are usually talking about heliciculture. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. However, the standout performer is snails fed with Leucaena leucocephala-inclusive treatment, judging by their egg production, fertility, hatchability, and juvenile snails accompanied with gonadosomatic index. 3. Similarly, Oyeagu et al. It is a species of popular air-breathing tropical land snail. The Archachatina marginata attain their sexual majority at about 10 to 18 months and lay 4 to 15 eggs on average. The importance of leaf meals to snails as herbivores is demonstrated in this study; laying snails fed with leaf meal-inclusive diets have the higher reproductive ability. California Privacy Statement, Incubation is also longer due to bigger eggs and usually takes around four weeks. Concentrate ration is essential for optimal reproductive output in snails. And then for the tiny snails, it’s better to place some food nearby and wait for them to step on it so you can grab the whole thing because they’re very delicate. Average egg laid, hatchability, fertility, embryo mortality, and average juvenile produced by snails on roughage-based diet were significantly the least across the treatments. The reproduction study of the snail Archachatina ventricosa took place at the National Center of Floristic (NCF) from January 2017 to December 2018 for two years. Description: Separated from Achatina species by its very large, bulbous … Their original geographic range was western Africa, from the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to Congo. The conventional belief that snails are herbivores and can survive on herbs and roughage is for maintenance requirement. The reproductive traits of laying snails fed with concentrate-based feeds (GNCD-LLLM) were superior to plant/roughage-fed snails. Archachatina marginata, a mollusk, is highly prized as food in Africa and Asia, and is a vector of parasites and defoliators. Manage cookies/Do not sell my data we use in the preference centre. They include Archachatina marginata, Achatina achatina, Achatina fulica. Archachatina marginata is often called the giant West African snail. Make sure there is a 5 to 10cm (2” to 4”) layer so they can bury themselves. PLoS One 10(3):e0116397 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0116397, Nyameasem JK, Borketey-La EB (2014) Effect of formulated diets on growth and reproductive performance of the West African giant snail (Achatina achatina). The penis of snails on T2–T5 was statistically (p < 0.05) higher than snails on T. Oviduct weight of snails on T5 was significantly (p < 0.05) highest, and other treatments share statistically (p > 0.05) similar values. Note: They like their food better when it’s not cooked. Out of all the animal protein foods produced and consumed in Nigeria, snail is of importance as it has Achatin snail: care, maintenance, reproduction at home Giant African snails, which in Europe and in Russia are bred as pets, are considered at home as terrible and voracious pests that can destroy the crop of sugar cane and other agricultural crops in the bud. First, make sure you give your snails a varied diet. Biol. The average egg laid per snails reveal that snails on leaf meal-inclusive diets (T3–T5) had statistically (p < 0.05) higher value and the significantly (p < 0.05) least values were obtained in snails fed with T1. The Archachatina marginata attain their sexual majority at about 10 to … 2012). abc: means with different superscripts are significantly (p < 0.05) different. The weight gain of snails on T2 was significantly (p < 0.05) highest and the least value was obtained in T1. In France we have the Garden Snail (Cornu aspersa), the Escargot (Helix pomatia) … But the one I’m going to talk about is much bigger and doesn’t arouse the same interest as these littles ones. The snails (Archachatina marginata) were purchased from the snail farmer in Ibadan. The leaves were then milled to obtain a product herein referred to as Moringa oleifera leaf meal (MLM), Leucaena leucocephala leaf meal (LLM), and Gliricidia sepium leaf meal (GLM). They’re super viscous, carry their homes and are the vicious predators of our helpless little lettuces. One hundred and fifty snails used for this experiment were randomly assigned into five (5) different treatments with three (3) replicates, ten (10) snails per replicate. If it resists just don’t insist and try again later. Four different media with varying moisture content were used for egg incubation. Data obtained in this study were subjected to analysis of variance at p = 0.05 using the general linear model procedure of statistical analysis software. It is well-known that snails are hermaphroditic, meaning that they are both male and female. https://doi.org/10.1186/s42269-020-00378-w, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s42269-020-00378-w. By using this website, you agree to our The timing of gonadal maturation was studied in two edible species of West African achatinid snails, Archachatina marginata ovum (Pfeiffer) and Limicolaria flammea (Müller), using light microscopic observation of gametogenesis in the ovotestis and oviposition. Tail "V" Shape. Reproductive performance of laying snails (Archachatina marginata) fed on roughages and different concentrate mixes. The result of this study is in agreement with Ejidike (2007) and Oyeagu et al. D. Thesis, Department of Zoolog … Though they are hermaphrodites, they practice sexual reproduction (Akinnusi, 2004). In Africa, the bushmeat of these snails is so prized that some species are endangered because of the intensive picking in nature. Jimoh Olatunji Abubakar designed the study and carried out the experimental protocol and statistical analysis. Feed intake was determined by finding the difference between the amount of feed supplied and the leftover feed for each replicate. substrat délevage des escargots Archachatina marginata en vu dune amélioration de leur performance de reproduction. The substrate should always be damp yet not too much so they can’t drown. and Blake N.J. (2006). achatina, Achatina fulica, Archachatina marginata, Archachatina ventricosa, Archachatina degneri and Limicolaria species. Also like us, each snail has preferences, so you’re going to have to learn by trying out various foods. This study therefore … It is to be noted that when a crawling … $$ \mathrm{Fertility}\ \left(\%\right)=\frac{\mathrm{No}.\mathrm{of}\ \mathrm{eggs}\ \mathrm{that}\ \mathrm{hatched}+\mathrm{No}.\mathrm{of}\ \mathrm{dead}-\mathrm{in}-\mathrm{shell}}{\mathrm{Total}\ \mathrm{no}.\mathrm{of}\ \mathrm{eggs}\ \mathrm{laid}}\times 100 $$, $$ \mathrm{Hatchability}\ \left(\%\right)=\frac{\mathrm{No}.\mathrm{of}\ \mathrm{eggs}\ \mathrm{that}\ \mathrm{hatched}}{\mathrm{Total}\ \mathrm{no}.\mathrm{of}\ \mathrm{fertile}\ \mathrm{eggs}} \times 100 $$, $$ \mathrm{Embryo}\ \mathrm{mortality}\ \left(\%\right)=\frac{\mathrm{No}.\mathrm{of}\ \mathrm{dead}-\mathrm{in}-\mathrm{shell}}{\mathrm{Total}\ \mathrm{no}.\mathrm{of}\ \mathrm{fertile}\ \mathrm{eggs}} \times 100 $$, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0116397, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, https://doi.org/10.1186/s42269-020-00378-w. This study aims to investigate the reproduction output of Archachatina marginata fed on roughage and concentrate feed with leaf meal-inclusive diets. This might be due to the fact that available nutrients of the diets originate from different feedstuffs thereby making them more balanced. Archachatina is a genus of large tropical air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Achatinidae. This study aims to investigate the reproduction output of Archachatina marginata fed on roughage and concentrate feed with leaf meal-inclusive diets. Similarly, the average egg laid, hatchability, fertility, embryo mortality, and average juvenile produced by snails on roughage-based diet were significantly the least across the treatments. p. 309–311. However, during dry season, production at intensive level is often challenged with decline in growth and reproduction despite interventions to boost production. So far, we only know of one Achatina which has this. Reproduction : It is well-known that snails are hermaphroditic, meaning that they are both male and female. Snails are safe and easy to handle, which seems ideal for kids. Res. The snails were weighed individually at the start of the experiment, thereafter at the end of each week to determine the weekly live weight gain for the animal. What your snails will need is space, humidity, and a little bit of ventilation. The reproductive potentials of the two ectotypes of giant lands snail revealed that Archachatina marginata ovum performed better (P <0.05) Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of Nigerian Society of Animal Production; Mar 17–21; Akure, Nigeria: Federal University of Technology. This way you can hold the shell with your fingers and easily watch your snail coming out of its shell. J Appl Animal Res 46(1):947–952. This research therefore aimed at comparing the effect of roughage and concentrate feed with Moringa oleifera, Leucaena leucocephala, and Gliricidia sepium leaf meal inclusion in snail diet on reproductive attributes of Archachatina marginata. and Okeke GC (2003). Clutch size will vary but may be as large as 40 eggs. Demand for Giant African Land Snail in Nigeria is so high such that it is very difficult to meet up with the supply as a protein source. Wildl. The formulation and chemical composition of experimental diets are shown in Table 1. So, you would rather keep them as pets than eat them? Asian Journal Science Technology 6(1):940–946, Oyeagu CE, Udeh FU, Uzochukwu IE, Osita CO, Ugwu SOC, Agugom OH (2018) Effect of dietary Centrosema pubescens leaf meal on growth and reproductive traits of Archachatina marginata snails. Thompson and Sheldon (2004) also reported that poor nutrition affects snail growth and causes a drop in the reproductive performance; this is evident in the result of laying snails fed roughage/natural plant material (UPWP) which had the least reproductive performance as compared to concentrate GNCD-LLLM-fed snails. This indicates the importance of intensive management and nutrition to induce profitability in snail farming. It is easy to feel if you wet your finger and run it over … parsons, eds. Sci 9(1):1–6, CAS  E. Afr. Dietary treatments were formulated GNCD, which contains groundnut cake as protein feedstuff, GLLM has Gliricidia sepium, MOLM has Moringa oleifera, and LLLM has Leucaena leucocephala leaf meals as the protein source in replacement of groundnut cake in snail diet and a control (treatment 1) fed on roughage (unripe pawpaw and watermelon peel). Achatina fulica is a species of large land snail that belongs in the family Achatinidae.It is also known as the Giant African land snail. Just so you know they become lethargic if the temperature gets down to 18°C (64 fahrenheit) and they will die if the temperature drops below 15°C (59 fahrenheit). Mots clés: Archachatina marginata, amendement, substrat, performances de reproduction Introduction L¶élevage des escargots géants africains, connaît … A humidity of 80% would be ideal and for that, you should spray at least once a day. The final weight of snails on T2 to T5 was statistically (p > 0.05) similar and significantly (p < 0.05) higher than snails on T1. Additionally, the growth of the reproductive system was analysed by … Olatunji Abubakar Jimoh. (Archachatina marginata ovum and Archachatina marginata Saturalis ) fed banana leaves in the humid tropical zone of Cross River State within a 16 week period. One or more companion(s): Snails are gregarious animals, it means that they live in a group. A. marginata used during the experiment. The study area is located between latitude 7° 3′ 7″ N and 7′ 12″ N and latitude 5° 11″ E and 5° 31″ E. A total of 150 points of lay snails (Archachatina marginata) with 160.25 ± 5.84 average body weight and age range 7–8 months were purchased from a farm in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria. The reproductive ability of snails is predicted by the gonadosomatic index; this explains the high gonadosomatic index of snails on leaf meal-based diet accompanied with better reproductive output in laying snails. A vivarium of the appropriate size: This can be a transparent plastic crate, a terrarium or aquarium, it doesn’t matter. Akinola Micheal Olawale conceptualized the study, supervised the field work, and earned the sponsorship for the study. For the smaller snails, you should slide them gently so they let go. Gonadosomatic index of laying snails fed with roughages and concentrate with different leaf proteins. The research outcome presented in this article was funded by TETFUND 2016 institution-based research intervention of the Nigeria government. The reproductive performance of laying snails fed with different treatments is shown in Table 2. 15th Edition published by AOAC Inc. USA. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. Reproductive organ weights of laying snails fed with different treatments are shown in Table 3. Required fields are marked *. 2018). However, make sure you wash your hands before and after any manipulation to avoid any disease transmission. No competing interest exists in the research outcome presented in this article. Self-fertilization is impossible though. Limitation of rearing snails includes their very slow growth rate and seasonal breeding pattern, severely limiting their productivity (Eze et al. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 2010). The foot (edible portion), the shell, and the visceral mass were weighed separately. From these, the following parameters were calculated: At the end of the feeding trial, four snails were randomly selected from each replicate for organ assessment. They can measure up to 20cm (8″), and can live up to 10 years! They will start to hatch after 3 weeks of incubation. I get it! Thus, there is the need for alternative cheap and available feedstuff sources, not in competition with other animal species. It is a very important thing to remember because they don’t tolerate solitude. Therefore, this study examined the effect of leaves of forest tree, Gliricidia sepium as a diet (GSLM) on the growth, performance and proximate composition of meat of A. marginata. The best way to hold a snail is to keep it in the palm of your hand with its head turned to your wrist. However, the gonadosomatic index of snails on herbs and roughage treatment was better than snails on concentrate without leaf meal inclusion. Overcrowding has been found to have negative effects on growth and reproductive performance hence, this study was conducted to establish appropriate stocking density for breeding snails. It is therefore not unusual for some people to have their own little stock at home for breeding. For this you should buy a heat mat, some even use them all year round. Amaefule KU, Onwudike OC (2000) Evaluation of processing methods of, pigeonpea seeds (Cajanus cajan) as protein source for broiler starters. One hundred fifty points of lay snails weighing between 150 and 170 g were randomly allotted to 5 treatment diets with three replicates, ten snails per replicate, designated as treatment 2 (GNCD) which has groundnut cake, treatment 3 (GLLM) has Gliricidia sepium, treatment 4 (MOLM) has Moringa oleifera, and treatment 5 (LLLM) has Leucaena leucocephala leaf meals as protein source in snail diet and a control (treatment 1) (UPWP) fed on roughage (unripe pawpaw and watermelon peel) in a 12-week feed trial. The concentrate ration enhanced reproductive organ development and the inclusions of leaf meals also contributed to organ development compared to laying snails on natural plant feed/roughage. Observations sur la bordure coquilliere et la reproduction chez les escargots geants africains (Archachatina marginata suturalis; Philippi) Corinne Stiévenart . The experiment was conducted for twelve (12) weeks. In Scallops: Biology, ecology and aquaculture, second Edition, S.E Shumway and G.J. The biggest difference is reproductive strategy where archachatinas have smaller number of very big eggs and thus bigger babies. Special reference briefs (National Agricultural Library)’ Beltsville: United State Department of Agriculture (USDA). The snails were euthanized by fast-freezing them at − 20 °C/30 min (Nica et al. This is important to enhance growth rate and reproduction in snails. Heating : These snails come from countries that are quite hot, so in our cold temperatures, it is essential they have an extra source of heat. Keeping insectes and other strange creatures. In Cameroon it can be found aestivating under ground during the drier months, having a closed aperture, sealed with a solid, calcareous, white epiphragm.. It’s a nocturnal animal who lives in forests and likes to bury itself. Thompson R. and Sheldon C. (2004). Multipurpose browse plants such as Moringa oleifera, Leucaena leucocephala, and Gliricidia sepium leaves are valuable resources high in protein and minerals. Archachatina Marginata Egregia '2 tone' Africa Adult size 8cm. About the size, a vivarium of 50cm (20”) long and 30cm (12”) high and wide will be just right for a pair of Archachatina marginata ovum. The eggs are yellowish in color and may have dark blotches. Ani, A.O. (2003), Oyeagu et al. Productive functions such as egg laying and snailet production require concentrate-based feeding to improve growth and offspring production, especially for commercialization. Some European breeds include Helix aspersa, Helix aperta, Helix lucorum, Helix pomatia, and Helix hortensis. They may become up to 20cm long, and they live up to 10 years. Citation: Ejidike BN, Adewuyi CO (2018) The Giant African Land Snail (GALS) Archachatina marginata Egg and Adult Sizes: Case Study . A total of two hundred and twenty-five breeding African giant land snails (Archachatina marginata… 2015). It has been established that performance of livestock is affected by stocking density. See in the food section below to find out what you can use. Achatina achatina produces the highest number of eggs of about 100-500 … Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations. 5(7):24–32, Nica DV, Filimon MN, Bordean DM, Harmanescu M, Draghici GA, Dragan S (2015) Impact of soil cadmium on land snails: a two-stage exposure approach under semi-field conditions using bioaccumulative and conchological end-points of exposure. (2018) reported that inclusion of C. pubescens in concentrate ration for snails increased the number of eggs laid, hatchability, and fertility of eggs with a lesser mortality of the embryo. Cookies policy. Treatments 1, 3, and 4 have statistically (p > 0.05) similar values. There are dozens of recognised species within this genus, and hundreds of species within the family Achatinidae. Snail production in Nigeria, like most mini-livestock, is largely rudimentary, and its demand is met by hunting from their habitat in the wild. The study was conducted at the Snail Research unit of Teaching and Research Farm, Department of Agricultural Technology, Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. (2018), the most important factor influencing the performance of animals under captivity is the quality of diet offered to the animals. Int. The cages, drinkers, and feeders were cleaned before the arrival of the snails, the first two (2) weeks for acclimatization of the snails before the experiment will commence. Nyameasem and Borketey-La (2014) reported that snails on compounded diets showed remarkable performance in terms of growth and reproduction over snails fed with pawpaw fruit diet. Hence, there are growing efforts to commercialize snail production to meet the animal protein demand. The results revealed that too much or too little moisture content in the incubation media either prolonged the incubation period or … Contraceptive drug; oviposition; Hormones; Histopathology; Eobania vermiculata; Food Science; Animal Science; Agronomy; Pesticide; Zoology. High gonadosomatic index of snails on leaf meal-based diet accompanied with better reproductive output in laying snails was recorded. Snails have high rate of productivity or fecundity. The environments where the snails thrive are highly contaminated with heavy metals through various anthropogenic activities. Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. (Keep in mind that each of them must have enough space to live and they should not be crammed.) These were counted and recorded. Despite the importance of the species, archachatina marginata is not cultivated on a commercial level and as a result of human-related problems like deforestation and its collection for food and its long pre-reproduction life and low fecundity (Ajaysi et al., 1978 and Egonmwan, 2004), the natural population in the wild is dwindling. The result revealed snails fed with UPWP had the least final weight and weight gain which was accompanied by the highest feed intake across the treatments. If material is not included in the article's Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference of Animal Science Association of Nigeria, p. 10–12. Snails were kept in wooden cages with the dimension 30 cm × 40 cm × 24 cm (height × length × width). J Anim Vet Adv 6(8):1028–1030, CAS  Achatina achatina, Archachatina marginata, Limicolaria flammae, Lymnaea natalensis, Bulinus forskalii,Bulinus globosus Biomphalaria pfeifferi and Freshwater snail (Ly mnaea acuminata) (Ebenso, 2002; Adinya, 2006). Significantly different means were separated with New Duncan’s multiple range test of statistical analysis software (2011). 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