How to Draw a Giant African Snail

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Giant African Snail in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Giant African Snail.

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How to Draw a Giant African Snail - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start the snail by drawing the shell. It kind of looks like a fat carrot on its side. The left side has round and curved lines. The left side comes to a gradual point.

Step 2: From the left top corner of the shell draw a short line on an angle up to the left. There is another line at the same angle starting at the bottom of the shell. Make a triangle at the very tip of the longer line.

Step 3: At the end of the top body line draw a long triangular eye. There is a small circle at the very tip. Make another long triangular eye the exact same size at the tip of the other body line.

Step 4: Under the bottom of the snail shell draw the tail. It looks like a sideways question mark

Step 5: Add the shell markings. There are many long lines that run the length of the shell. There are 5 short lines that go across the body.

Interesting Facts about the Giant African Snail (Achatina fulica):

The Giant African Snail can grow as large as a human hand, 20 centimeters or more in length, with a shell about 7 centimeters in height. The Great African Snail’s shell is cone-shaped, mostly brown in color, and has a banded color pattern, and spirals upwards. It is native to East Africa, but has been introduced worldwide via the pet trade and also by accident.

Did you know?

  • The Giant African Snail is born with both male and female sex organs, making it what scientists call a “simultaneous hermaphrodite”.
  • These snails can lay five to six clutches of eggs a year; each clutch contains up to two hundred eggs.
  • In times of extreme drought, the African Giant Snail can seal itself up in its shell for up to three years; this way it does not lose any moisture from its body and can still survive.
  • The African Giant Snail is an important food source in some areas, but should not be eaten raw as it can cause meningitis.
  • This species of snail is mainly active at night; during the day it buries underground.

The Giant African Snail is one of the world’s most invasive species. It can out-compete native snails once introduced to an area. In addition, human and plant diseases can both be carried by the Giant African Snail, making it a serious pest. At this time, there are no known threats to this species.

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