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Giant African Snail / homeka
Scientific name: Achatina fulica
Hawaiian Name: homeka
Classification: Phylum: Mollusca. Class: Gastropoda. Family: Achatinidae
Origin: Purposefully introduced in 1936.
Status: Locally common.
Distribution: All main islands.
Native to Africa, this large snail was brought to Hawai‘i in 1936 as a garden ornamental and to be eaten. It is the largest land snail in Hawai‘i (can get up to 8 inches [ca. 20 cm] in length) and is considered an invasive pest because it feeds on the tender green leaves of garden and crop plants throughout the islands.
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