Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Should we be afraid of the spread of African snail species (Achatina spp.)?

Abstract

Here we present the first occurrence of the land snail Achatina immaculata Lamarck, 1822 in Hungary, outside of captivity. Based on this, and an earlier record of the giant African snail (Achatina fulica) the invasion potential of Achatina species is discussed. It is expected to find these pet snails repeatedly, because owners might release living specimens again and again to the wild. Even though these snails are among the most harmful agricultural pests in the tropical and subtropical areas, we do not have to be afraid of their spread in Hungary, because they do not tolerate cold winters.