In Starting a snail farm, you’ll need a very good species of snail. We have different types/Species of Snails, we have;
- Achantina Achantina
- Achantina Marginata
- Achantina Fulica
This is good for someone who has experience in managing snails. If you don’t have experience in managing Snails, I wouldn’t advise you to start with Achantina Achantina. This is because the newly hatchlings are very tiny and difficult to handle. Although we have good breeds of Achantina Achantina like the “Achantina Tiger”.
Achantina Tiger although very expensive is best for anyone who wants to make profit in a snail farm. An Achantina Achantina Snail can lay between 150 to 700 eggs at once. It lays too much but doesn’t grow big and the newly hatchlings are very tiny and very difficult to manage expecially to someone who wants to start a Snail Farm.
This is the best specie anyone can think of when starting a Snail Farm. Achantina Marginatas are very easy to rear and handle. Unlike Achantina Achantina, Marginatas grow very fast and big. They’re the African Giant Snails. They lay between 6 and 15 eggs. Their newly hatchlings are very big. Marginatas are the recommended snail species for anyone who wants to start and also for people who wants to rear to jumbo and export. Only Marginatas grow to jumbo sizes Achantina Achantina doesn’t grow to jumbo sizes.
NOTE: There are two different breeds of Achantina Marginata. There is a breed of Marginata that doesn’t grow big and there’s also a Marginata breeds that grows big and faster. The question is how do you recognize or differentiate between a Marginata that grows very big and fast from the one that doesn’t grow big and fast?
How to Differentiate between Jumbo Marginata and non-Jumbo Marginata
When you visit a snail farm to buy Marginata Snails, first of all demand to see the eggs. All Marginata eggs are big but that particular Marginata that grows very big and fast has bigger egg size than the one that doesn’t grow to Jumbo size. The main difference between the two is their egg size.