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Response of Juvenile Giant Land Snail Achartina marginata Fed Varying Levels of Cocoa Pod Husk

Author(s): Adeyemo A. I.

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

Volume: 4;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 417;
Date: 2005;
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Fresh cocoa pod husks were collected from cocoa farms near the Federal University of Technology Akure.The cocoa pod husks were sun dried and milled thoroughly. It was then mixed at different levels to replace maize in the experimental diets. The proximate analysis was determined. The cocoa pod husk(CPH) was used to replace maize in the diets of juvenile giant land snails Achartina marginata. 48 hatchlings of the snail were used for a feeding trial. There were four treatments with three replicates .There were four diets in which maize was replaced at 0,20,40 and 60% CPH. The animals were fed ,ad libitum .The snail pens were cleaned everyday while the soil in the snail pens were changed fortnightly. The experiment lasted 12 weeks . The following parameters were determined: feed intake, weight gain, feed conversion, empty shell weight, edible flesh weight and shell length.The results show that there was a significant difference ( P
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