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Monstrous molluscs

April 11th, 2010

These are some numbers which may help to make you feel better about the scale of the recent world banking crisis, and definitely something to bear in mind if you’re thinking of acquiring African giant land snails (Achatina species) as pets!

Since these massive snails are hermaphrodite, with each having male and female sex organs in their bodies, so keeping two together will inevitably result in fertile eggs. Each snail may lay four batches of around 150 eggs through the year, which adds up to potentially 600 offspring each.

Biologists have calculated that theoretically, if all the descendants of just a single individual lived and bred, then by the time that the original snail died atĀ five years old, the world would be over-run with more than 16 quadrillion of its descendants! You can find out more about these monstrous molluscs here.