Giant African snails dumped ‘like rubbish’ in woodland

Scottish SPCA investigating after one snail found dead while two others receive specialist attention.

Giant African snails dumped ‘like rubbish’ in woodland Scottish SPCA

A giant African land snail has died after being dumped “like rubbish” in woodland.

The Scottish SPCA is investigating after three snails were found in a broken tank behind Hill View in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, on July 5.

Two of the snails are now being cared for by the charity but one was already dead.

Scottish SPCA inspector Dawn Robertson said: “Invertebrates are not protected by legislation but owners have a responsibility to provide any animal in their care with the proper, specialist attention they need.

“The team at our Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre have been working hard to provide them with the care they need and to bring them out of their shell, so to speak.

“They tried to go in to hibernation to protect themselves but the team managed to get them out of it by changing their humidity and living environment.”

African land snails

Ms Robertson said the snails were now doing well and will be ready for rehoming soon.

“We’re pleased at how well the snails are doing but it doesn’t change the fact that someone discarded these animals like rubbish, causing one of them to die,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Scottish SPCA’s confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Giant African land snails are native to East Africa but are considered one of the world’s top 100 invasive species, according to the Global Invasive Species Database, and can be found in other places with tropical and subtropical climates.

Their shells can grow up to 20cm in length.

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