Florida Hit By Invasion Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Giant Snails

giant african land snailWill this be how the world ends — covered in snail slime? Tampa’s WTSP reports:

Since September 8, 2011 when the snails were first found, the Florida Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have collected more than 40,000 of the Giant African snails.

The Giant African land snail is one of the largest land snails in the world, growing up to eight inches in length. State officials said this invasive species eats at least 500 different agricultural crops, can cause damage to plaster and stucco on homes and though rare, can carry rat lungworm, a parasite that can cause meningitis in humans.

The last reported outbreak and eradication of the Giant African land snail in Florida occurred in 1966 when a boy smuggled three Giant African land snails into Miami as pets and his grandmother released the snails into her garden. It’s not known how the latest outbreak started, but it’s illegal to bring the snails into the US without a permit.

5 Comments on "Florida Hit By Invasion Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Giant Snails"

  1. Rex Vestri | Apr 16, 2013 at 9:34 am |

    They’re African and they’re up to eight inches in length…

    Next thing you know, they’re gonna start showing up in pornos.

  2. ThomasPaine | Apr 16, 2013 at 9:37 am |

    Looks like Florida restaurants will now be serving escargot.

  3. Hmm…why would species establish them selves that can’t be killed off by humans? Can’t for the life of me think of why…

  4. InfvoCuernos | Apr 17, 2013 at 1:13 am |

    Too bad boa constrictors don’t eat snails. They should introduce another alien species to FL to eleminate these pests. Maybe snakehead fish. Or, they could just arm fish and game officers with salt shakers.

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