SPRING may be the season for frolicking lambs and newly hatched ducklings – but in Trafford, it is the time to welcome the birth of a Giant (but tiny) African Land Snail.

Giant African land snails are, as the name implies, much larger than the UK native snails.

Prized for the markings and patterns on their shells, these fascinating creatures can grow to be up to 20 centimetres in length as they reach maturity; living up to ten years old and can weigh more than half a kilogram.

The baby snail that has just been born at SEA LIFE, at the Trafford Centre, is not so ‘giant’ at birth, and is no bigger than a garden pea.

The newborn, yet to be named, is the newest addition to the Jurassic Ranger exhibit.

Jenn McDonough, general manager of SEA LIFE Manchester, said: “Everyone at SEA LIFE Manchester has been really excited to watch the snail egg hatch. We’re delighted to welcome another fascinating creature to the centre, just in time for the Easter break.

“The baby snail is currently in its own incubation tank, ensuring that it has the best start in life. The snail has yet to be named, and we will be welcoming suggestions from our visitors and fans on social media.”

The Jurassic Ranger exhibit is an interactive experience that gives visitors the chance to come face-to-face with a variety of creatures that have evolved from some of the most powerful predators that once roamed our seas.

Jurassic Ranger includes Nautilus, Axolotl, Lungfish, Mountain Horned Dragon Lizards, plus Corn Snakes and Royal Pythons – which visitors will be able to touch during ranger experience sessions. Guests will also have the opportunity to hold a fully-grown Giant African Land Snail and see first-hand the remarkable size difference to its newborn offspring.

Families planning to visit should go to the website to book tickets to avoid disappointment, visitsealife.com/manchester. Reduced prices are available online, with prices starting from just £10.95 when purchased in advance online.