What’s the smallest animal on earth? And what’s the biggest one? Let’s make it simpler and focus just on molluscs. Do you know what’s the largest in the world? With about 93,000 known species around, the reply is not easy but you are lucky today because we have the answer ready for you: a snail. So big that can compete with your kitten.
If the ones you are used to see on land or in the sea are quite small, there is a species that gained the Guinness World Record in 1978 as the “Largest land snail”. It was owned by British Christopher Hudson from Hove, East Sussex, UK and Named Gee Geronimo.
This snail was collected in Sierra Leone in June 1976 and belongs to the land gastropods family. It’s the African giant snail Achatina achatina, the largest known snail ever recorded on earth. Gee Geronimo weighed 900 g (2lb) and measured 39.3 cm (15.5 in) from snout to tail when fully extended, with a shell length of 27.3 cm (10.75 in).
To let anyone understand how big this snail can be, German boy Adrian Kozakiewicz shared a video on his YouTube channel where you can see the massive proportions of this mollusc. The specimen covers his whole hand, wrist and part of his forearm.
Don’t believe in my words? Believe in your eyes then:
Do you like snails? Would you keep one of these species in your house and pet it like a dog or cat?