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Feeding Responses in Snailets of African Giant Land Snails (Archachatina marginata) to Different Food Items in the Sub-Saharrah Tropical Region, Nigeria

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Author(s): G.A. Lameed

Journal: Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 1680-5593

Volume: 5;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 753;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Snailets | Archachatina marginata | crude-protein | weight gain | mortality | responses

ABSTRACT
The study of feeding responses of snailets of African giant snail (Archachatina marginata) fed with different food items: Ugwu leave (Talfairia sp.), Pawpaw fruit (Carica papaya), banana fruits (Musa sapientum) and three levels of compounded feed with crude protein: 16.25, 15.88, 15.60% was carried out in the University Mission Research (UMR) snailery unit. Six treatments (T1-T6) were established with fifty snailets each and fed with different food items under the same environmental condition. Observations were made on feed utilization (intake), growth rates and mortality rates that were recorded bi weekly, which covered a period of six months. Results showed that the snailets in all the treatments utilized the feed types significantly (p0.05). Snailets fed with compounded feed (T: 6) with mean intake and mean growth rates: 12.57 and 2.96 g, respectively had the best performance. Highest mortality rate (46%) was recorded in treatment 3 fed with banana and the least rate was generally obtained from compounded feed in treatment 4 with 16% mortality. It can be concluded that snailets in treatment 6 (compounded feed) with higher crude protein percentage (15.60%) had the highest total weight gain and mean total feed intake of 1480 and 12.57 g, respectively, when compared with other treatments.
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