About the pest

The giant African snail is the most significant species in a group of exotic invasive snails.

Giant African snails can infect people with bacteria and parasites, if raw or poorly cooked snail is eaten. They can also transmit disease if handled with bare hands.

Giant African snails have become established in a range of overseas countries.

Its voracious appetite and broad host range make it one of the most damaging land snails. It is considered one of the world’s top 100 invasive species. More than 500 plant species are affected including, legumes, ornamental plants, most vegetables, bananas, citrus, even tree bark, natural environment, social amenity and human health.

Australia remains free of this exotic pest and we need your help to keep it this way.

More information

Giant African snail (Department of Agriculture)

Giant African snail (Plant Health Australia)