The giant African land snail, also called the giant East African snail, usually lives for three to five years. However, some have been observed to have lived as long as nine years. These snails require a humid, tropical climate and a diet high in calcium to thrive.
Hermit crabs, coconut crabs, ducks and various birds are its natural predators. They are also very likely to be killed by humans, however, as they are considered an invasive species. They are a threat to crops and can cause eosinophilic meningitis in humans, by way of the rat lungworm parasite, and it is usually very expensive to eradicate them.