Other Common Names: Giant African snail, escargot Géant, Achatine, Caramujo
Achatina fulica is a very large snail that can weigh as much as 1kg. The body varies from pale cream to dark brown. The foot sole is flat. The shell can reach up to 20 cm (8”) in length and 12 cm (5”) in diameter. The shell is conically spired and narrowed at the apex. It has seven to nine rounded whorls (rarely ten) with moderately impressed sutures between the whorls. The shell colour can vary due to environmental conditions and diet, from light coffee to reddish-brown with cream to light yellow vertical streaks.