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Comparative Dietary Values of Dried Pawpaw Leaves, Cassava Leaves and Orange Pulp for Giant African Land Snails.

Badmos, A. A., Sola-Ojo F.E., Yusuff, A.T., Oke, S.A., Amusa, T.O.,Kayode, R.M.O., Bolarin, O., Adefalu, L.L. and Lawal, A.O.
WJAS ID 1475782014 Date : 2016-11-16 Volume : 8

This study was conducted to investigate the comparative nutritional adequacy of cassava leaves, pawpaw leaves and orange peel for snail (Archachatina marginata) feed components. A total of three hundred adult snails (weighing 270 â 300g each) were randomly allocated to five treatments that were replicated five times, and each replicate unit consisted of twenty snails. The diets were formulated to contain 22 % protein and 1 900 Kcal/Kg Metabolizable Energy. The result showed that the control diet (pawpaw leaves based) was most consumed, gave the highest weight gain and visceral weight, but the orange pulp based diet gave most efficient Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) and dressing percentage (p<0.05). The study recommends the use of the three test ingredients as feed components for the Giant African Land Snails.

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