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Aquatic Nuisance Species Profiles

Channeled apple snail (invasive invertebrate)

Channeled apple snail shell, Pierce County, GA

Channeled apple snails (Pomacea canaliculata) are originally native to South America. These exotic snails have been collected in Georgia. Additional locations in the United States where these snails have been found include California, Florida, North Carolina and Texas. These snails resemble the native Florida apple snail (Pomacea paludosa) but some unique differences in shell attributes and egg appearance allow them to be properly identified.

The shells of  P. canaliculata can be near baseball-sized (80 mm or over 3 inches). The large egg masses are laid on vegetation or trees and are bright pink or orange in color. Egg masses can be 2 to 3 inches long and may contain 200-600 eggs. 

Channeled apple snail egg mass

We want to prevent the spread of this non-native species. Report any suspected apple snails in Georgia to DNR. Please provide detailed information on location and the number of live snails, shells, and egg masses.


South Central Region - DNR Fisheries Office
PO Box 2089, 108 Darling Ave.
Waycross, GA
(912) 285-6094

Range map showing US introductions

Apple snail identification information

Additional apple snail resources

Introduction history and status of  P. canaliculata in TX

Federal Register Notice regarding aquatic snail permits (USDA APHIS)

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