Nature, in its entirety, was crafted by God in such a wonderful way; one cannot but imagine, with amazement, the mysteries behind the work of creation. One of the wonderful creatures that has attracted attention based on the way it was crafted by God is the bloodless slow-moving creature called snail. It has a boneless fleshy body and belongs to the molluscan class called Gastropoda. Snails can either be terrestrial aquatic in nature; we have both sea snails and freshwater snails. Some species of snail have calciferous shell that can completely accommodate the retractile fleshy body while others either completely lack shell ( as in slugs) or possess only a small shell (as in semi-slugs) .
The giant land snail is a notable terrestrial snail of economic importance. Through snail farming or heliculture, land snails are reared specifically for human use. Their flesh is edible; their slime is useful in cosmetics and snail eggs for human consumption. While the world’s largest species of land snail is found in West Africa, the Giant African land snail (Achatina species), can grow up to 30cm in length and mostly found in the dense tropical rain forests across the region from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, and Ghana to Nigeria. For many years before snail farming becomes one of the top interesting business opportunities in Africa, handpicking snails from the bush has been the only way to harness this important nature’s resource for food and income generation .
Although widely neglected and unpopular, snail farming business provides a profitable opportunity of making money in a short period of time. In a space of 6 months, freely laid snail eggs develop into a matured snail that is ready for sale . It does not require huge amount of capital to start and manage; within a small area, large number of snails can be reared with cheap feed and feeding materials. It guarantees additional stream of income to farmers who have other sources of income . Asides individual household consumption, snails are also in high demand in places like hotels and restaurants. In Nigeria, snail species like Archachatina Marginata is widely acceptable and marketable . For preference of a certain type of protein, snails are a delicacy for a large number of people who are prepared to pay high for them. As opposed to the dry season, snail populations are highest and as such cheapest during the rainy season when they are usually collected in large numbers from the wild . Thus, snail farmers can take advantage of the scarcity in the dry season to make more profit and better their livelihood .
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