Introduced Species

Australia hosts a number of introduced species of snails and slugs. The majority of these are vegetarian and give our native species a bad name. Many of the 60 or so  of these species can cause havoc in places such as

  • Home gardens- Common Garden Snail, Asian Tramp Snail and the American Brown Slug
  • Vineyards –
  • Wheat fields
  • Forests

Some are carefully monitored by biosecurity especially the Giant African Snail shown below which if allowed into our forests would soon destroy them. This snail has at least 500 species of plant on its diet and can eat a small shrub in one night.


Giant African Land Snail