African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6691

Short Communication

Preliminary investigation of growth performance of giant land snail (Archachatina marginata) fed with selected household wastes

Siyanbola Mojisola Funmilayo
Department of Agriculture Technology, The Polytechnic Ibadan, Saki Campus, P. M. B. 021, Saki, Oyo State, Nigeria. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 September 2008
  •  Published: 30 September 2008

Abstract

The effect of selected household waste fed to common giant land snail(Archachatina marginata) on growth performance was investigated in a twenty week experiment. Four experimental diets A (Paw paw leaves), B (maize bran) C (guinea corn bran) and D (Plantain peels) were used for the study. Proximate analysis of the diets showed that diets B (maize bran) and C (Guinea corn bran) were high in protein and mineral contents while diets A had the least value Growth parameters (weight gain, shell length gain shell circumference gain) were determined. The result of the study showed that higher growth performance for all parameters for Archachatina marginata was favoured by guinea corn bran (diet C) while paw-paw leaves (diet A) had the least for all the parameters. There was significant difference in (P < 0.05) in weight gain and shell length, while there was no significant difference (P>0.05) in shell circumference of the snails fed with the experimental diets.

 

Key words:  Giant land snail, growth performance, diets.