Received April 14, 1998,Revised May 28, 1998, Accepted , Available online

Volume 12,2000,Pages 68-74

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Tropical land snail (Achatina achatina) were collected from three areas viz.Nsit Ibom Local Government Area (NTB), Nsit Ubium Local Government Area (NTU) and Uyo Municipality (UYM), all in Akwa Ibom State to determine the levels of Ni, Pb, Zn and Cr in their shells and muscles. Generally, the levels of all the metals in the muscles were comparatively higher than that in the shells. Correspondingly, the metals appear to have been more stable in the muscles with comparatively lower coefficients of variation than in the shells. Moreover while there was no significant correlation between the levels of all the metals in shells and muscles of NTU samples, Pb and Zn in NTB correlated very significantly. The correlation between levels of Cr in NTB samples and of Zn in UYM samples in shells and muscles were equally significant. On the whole, the levels of these metals were found to be much lower in both shells and muscles of NTU samples obtained from the “enclosed and restricted” environment than in NTB and UYM samples collected randomly from “open and unrestricted” environments.

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