Lissachatina fulica (Bowdich) (CABI)
Note: Achatina fulica was recently redesignated Lissachatina fulica, largely on the basis of Mead's (1961) observations (Naggs, 2002).
Giant African snail (GAS), giant African land snail, kalutara snail
Achatina fulica (Bowdich 1822), formerly Férussac 1821 (CABI)
Africa (Thiengo et al. 2007)
First introduced to Hawaii in 1936; first introduced to the continental U.S. in 1966 (Thiengo et al. 2007)
Imported as pets and for educational purposes; may also arrive accidentally in cargo (Thiengo et al. 2007)
Agricultural and garden pest; attacks and feeds on hundreds of different plant species (Civeyrel and Simberloff 1996; Thiengo et al. 2007)
Distribution / Maps / Survey Status
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.
State and Local Government
CABI. Invasive Species Compendium. Lissachatina fulica. CAB International. [Accessed Aug 10, 2023].
Civeyrel, L. and D. Simberloff. 1996. A tale of two snails: is the cure worse than the disease? Biodiversity & Conservation 5(10):1231-1252.
Thiengo, S.C., F.A. Faraco, N.C. Salgado, R.H. Cowie, and M.A. Fernandez. 2007. Rapid spread of an invasive snail in South America: the giant African snail, Achatina fulica, in Brasil. Biological Invasions 9(6):693-702.