Utilization of the African giant land snail Archachatina marginata in the humid area of Nigeria

Authors

  • E.A. Agbelusi Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Federal University of Technology, PMB 704, Akure Nigeria
  • B.N. Ejidike Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Federal University of Technology, PMB 704, Akure Nigeria

Keywords:

Snail utilization, Traditional medicine, Cultural values

Abstract

The pattern of utilization of the African giant land snail Archachatina marginata amoung the people living in the humid area of Nigeria was investigated. The results revealed that the snails were important not only as a source of animal protein to the population but also an important ingredient in their traditional medicine. The shells are also sued for decoration in homes, ash trays in hotels and abrasive for washing utensils and assumes a cultural significance.

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Research Papers