Welcome to Open Science
Contact Us
Home Books Journals Submission Open Science Join Us News
Growth Performance of Snails (Achatina Fulica) Fed with Three Different Leaf Materials
Current Issue
Volume 2, 2014
Issue 4 (August)
Pages: 96-99   |   Vol. 2, No. 4, August 2014   |   Follow on         
Paper in PDF Downloads: 32   Since Aug. 28, 2015 Views: 1645   Since Aug. 28, 2015
Authors
[1]
Mogbo T. C., Department of Zoology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
[2]
Nwankwo O. D., Department of Animal Science and Environmental Biology, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti.
[3]
Nwuzor I. L., Department of Zoology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Abstract
The growth performance of snails (Achatina fulica) fed with three different leaf materials was monitored in this study. Forty-five (45) Achatina fulica juvenile snails were used for this study and were subjected to three diet treatments (A; Moringa oleifera leaf, B; Carica papaya leaf, C; Talinum triangulare leaf) in three (3) replicates of five (5) snails per replicate, which were housed in Nine (9) rectangular plastic baskets. The Animals were obtained from Afor Agulu market in Aniocha Local Government Area of Anambra State and were transported in a basket covered with dry leaves and acclimatized for one (1) week during which they were fed with chick mash. Data was collected on weekly basis by measuring growth parameters (shell length increase, shell circumference, and weight gain). The result of the data collected showed that snails on diet C (T. triangulare) had the best mean shell length increase of (1.11cm) and best mean weight gain of (27.00g) while snails on diet A (Moringa oleifera) had the best mean shell circumference increase of (0.35cm). Analysis of variance showed that there was no significant difference in parameters measured. From the result of the study, conclusions were drawn that the leaves used in the study can be incorporated into the diets of snails without any deleterious effect.
Keywords
Moringa oleifera, Carica papaya, Talinum triangulare, Snail Growth
Reference
[1]
Ademolu, K.O., Idowu, A.B., Mafiana, C.F., Osinowo, O.A., (2004). Performance, proximate and mineral analyses of African giant land snail (Archachatina marginata) fed different nitrogen sources. African Journal of Biotechnology, 3(8): 412-417.
[2]
Agbogidi, O. M., Okonta B. C. and Ezeanya, E. L. (2008). Effects of two edible fruits on the growth performance of African giant land snail (Archachatina marginata) Parkistan Journal of Nutrition 6(2): 201 – 203.
[3]
Akinnusi, O. (2002). Introduction to snail and snail farming. Triolas Exquisite Ventures. Abeokuta. 25pp.
[4]
AOAC, (1990). Association of official analytical chemists, official methods of analysis 15th edition Washington D.C. Pp 71-79.
[5]
Cobbinah, J.R., Vink, A. and Onwuka B., (2008). Snail Farming: Production, Processing and Marketing, (Agromisia Foundation, Agrodok 47 and CTA, Wageningen.)
[6]
Ejidike B. N., Afolayan T. A. and Alokun, J. A. (2004). Observations on some climatic variables and dietry influence on the performance of cultivated Giant land snail (Archachatina marginata): Notes and records. Parkistan Journal of Nutrition 3(6): 362 – 364.
[7]
FAO (1991). African Research Bulletin Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations Rome. Nigerian Lifestock subsector 53pp.
[8]
Mogbo T. C., Okeke J. J., Ufele, A. N. and Nwosu, M. C. (2013). Effects of housing types on the growth performance of snails (Achatina achatina). American Journal of Life Science Researches. 1(3): 102 – 110.
[9]
Murphy, B. (2001). Breeding and growing snails commercially in Australia. A Report of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Publication. No 00/188 Project No ARH-IA.
[10]
Omole, A.J., Tewe, O. O., Adebowale, E. A., Oluokun, J. A., Ogundola, F. J. and Nworgu, F. C. (2000). Performance of different breeds of snails under the same management conditions. Tropical Journal of Animal Science 3(1): 133 – 138.
[11]
Rowson, B.; Warren, B.; Ngereza, C. (2010). "Terrestrial molluscs of Pemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania, and its status as an "oceanic" island". ZooKeys 70. doi:10.3897/zookeys.70.762
[12]
Siyanbola, M. F. (2008). Preliminary investigation of the growth performance of Giant land snail (Archachatina marginata) fed with selected household wastes. African Journal of Agricultural Research. 3(9): 647-649.
Open Science Scholarly Journals
Open Science is a peer-reviewed platform, the journals of which cover a wide range of academic disciplines and serve the world's research and scholarly communities. Upon acceptance, Open Science Journals will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.
CONTACT US
Office Address:
228 Park Ave., S#45956, New York, NY 10003
Phone: +(001)(347)535 0661
E-mail:
LET'S GET IN TOUCH
Name
E-mail
Subject
Message
SEND MASSAGE
Copyright © 2013-, Open Science Publishers - All Rights Reserved