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Dogs Prove To Be Key In Battle Against Giant African Snails
NPR ^ | August 30, 2013 | Mark Memmott

Posted on 08/30/2013 1:11:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway

More than 128,000 Giant African Land Snails have been found and eradicated in the two years since the highly destructive creatures invaded the Miami-Dade area, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam says.

While it's too soon to declare victory, "we are confident that we will win this fight," Putnam adds.

Part of the credit, officials say, should go to "canine detector teams" that are sniffing out snails in places that are tough for humans to search.

According to South Florida's WTVJ-TV, one of the Labrador Retrievers out hunting snails is Bear — a U.S. Department of Agriculture canine who recently has been finding hundreds of snails each week (which is fewer than were being discovered last year, a decline that officials think is a sign they're making progress).

As we said back in September 2011 when the snail invasion was detected, the snails eat about 500 different types of plants and can spread a parasite that causes a form of meningitis. Florida's agriculture commission adds that:

"The snails can also cause structural damage to buildings; they consume plaster and stucco to acquire the calcium needed by the snails to grow their large shells. In large numbers, GALS can cause extensive damage." It's thought that the invasion began with the smuggling of a few snails into Florida by a man who practices a traditional African religion. He reportedly convinced some followers to drink the snails' juices. They became violently ill.


TOPICS: Agriculture; Gardening; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: florida
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1 posted on 08/30/2013 1:11:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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Turn a pack of Jack Russells loose. They’ll find anything.


2 posted on 08/30/2013 1:14:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway
If you see one of these, run:


3 posted on 08/30/2013 1:15:33 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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Catch them, process them and sell them to the French as Magnum Escargot!


4 posted on 08/30/2013 1:16:48 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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Pour salt on them.


5 posted on 08/30/2013 1:20:48 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: nickcarraway
Maybe this kind of dog?


6 posted on 08/30/2013 1:22:43 PM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: Mastador1

Open a chain of French fast food drive through restraints...Escargot A-Go-Go.


7 posted on 08/30/2013 1:24:30 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Hugin
oops, make that restaurant's.
8 posted on 08/30/2013 1:26:11 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Mastador1

Are they edible? The article says some people who consumed their juices became violently ill.


9 posted on 08/30/2013 1:28:33 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the people. T Jefferson)
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder if they can get rid of the slug in the Whitehouse?


10 posted on 08/30/2013 1:28:35 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: nickcarraway
Giant African Land Snails?


11 posted on 08/30/2013 1:31:50 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: cripplecreek
My pack of 3 JRT’s are anxious to go snail hunting. My Black Mouth Cur will go after the larger ones.
12 posted on 08/30/2013 1:35:02 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: 1rudeboy

its not like hunting them could be too hard...

you could probably hit one at full gallop with a handgun from 50 yards.


13 posted on 08/30/2013 1:35:17 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: 1rudeboy
Snort: Piker.


14 posted on 08/30/2013 1:39:29 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Mastador1

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2009/jul/03/african-land-snails-video


15 posted on 08/30/2013 1:40:05 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: USMCPOP

Is that Malaysia or Saskatchewan in younger days?


16 posted on 08/30/2013 1:41:23 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Mastador1

Love smoked escargot!


17 posted on 08/30/2013 1:44:56 PM PDT by pgkdan (Marco Rubio can go straight to hell!)
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To: Ditter

Mine found a tiny soft shelled turtle the other day. I almost never see the big ones let alone the new hatchlings.


18 posted on 08/30/2013 1:50:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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I tried em but couldn’t keep the damn things lit.


19 posted on 08/30/2013 1:50:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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20 posted on 08/30/2013 1:51:42 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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