Holy mother of… I never imagine a garden snail such as the Giant African Land Snail could be this HUGE! I mean. I know they are big as implied by the species’ name and we learned that the shell of this species of snail can grow up to 30 centimeters (11.8 inches!) in length and 15 centimeters (nearly 6 inches) in diameter, but to see it in picture and on the arm of a person is another matter altogether. Seriously, that is like the size of a small rabbit! Holy f#@king shit. That’s enormous! The image you see above is posted by a self-profess joy bag, Twitter user madds.
As you can see, it shows a person holding this ridiculously large shelled gastropod. Clearly, molluscophobia folks should avoid this thing at all costs. You may wonder why the hoo-ha over this seemingly common variety of shelled creature. Well, the thing is, I have a ton of them in my backyard (not the giant african variety, tho), and so, you can imagine the shock I had when I saw this. I thought it was photoshopped or something. Really.
For the uninitiated, this type of snails are invasion, AKA pest, because they are eat a lot and they eat virtually any vegetation they stumble upon. And they eat fruits too. If that’s not bad enough, they propagate like crazy, laying over a thousand eggs in a lifetime. Imagine that. And imagine if you have a thousand of these “snabbit” crawling around your garden or farm. No, you don’t want that. Sorry, I am still grappling with the fact that this thing could be so humongous.
Welcome to weird and wonderful world.
Image via madds.