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Thousands of giant snails causing problems for Florida homeowners
www.foxnews.com ^ | Published April 15, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 04/15/2013 6:20:45 AM PDT by Red Badger

South Florida residents are being warned to be on the lookout for one of the world's most destructive invasive species: the giant African land snail, which can grow as big as a rat.

The huge mollusks were first spotted in Florida in 2011, and their numbers are growing, Reuters reports. More than 1,000 are being caught each week in Miami-Dade County and more will continue to emerge from hibernation in the coming weeks.

The snails can gnaw through stucco and plastic, and attack "over 500 known species of plants ... pretty much anything that's in their path and green," Denise Feiber, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, told Reuters.

In some Caribbean countries, such as Barbados, which are overrun with the creatures, the snails' shells blow out tires on the highway and turn into hurling projectiles from lawnmower blades, while their slime and excrement coat walls and pavement.

"It becomes a slick mess," Feiber said

A typical snail can produce about 1,200 eggs a year and the creatures are a particular pest in homes because of their fondness for stucco, devoured for the calcium content they need for their shells.

The snails also carry a parasitic rat lungworm that can cause illness in humans, including a form of meningitis, Feiber said, although no such cases have yet been identified in the United States.

Experts gathered last week in Gainesville, Florida, for a Giant African Land Snail Science Symposium, to seek the best ways to eradicate the mollusks, including use of a stronger bait approved recently by the federal government.

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A Giant African land snail is seen in this handout picture from the Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Plant Industry.

Solution: Garlic butter......

1 posted on 04/15/2013 6:20:45 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Bait !


2 posted on 04/15/2013 6:23:01 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: Red Badger

How ‘bout we make some money out of this deal and have an illegal immigrant species Olympics among the walking catfish, the African snails and the pythons?


3 posted on 04/15/2013 6:23:37 AM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: Red Badger
the snails' shells blow out tires on the highway

Really?

5 posted on 04/15/2013 6:25:00 AM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: jagusafr

How about a cooking contest?......Snail-on-a-stick, Python fritters, catfish sushi?.......


6 posted on 04/15/2013 6:25:14 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Drawsing

The are hard as a rock. Not like domestic snail shells that will crush between your fingers.....


7 posted on 04/15/2013 6:26:18 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

Is this because of Global Warming? Or is it because of Sequestration?


8 posted on 04/15/2013 6:26:27 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Red Badger

I kicked one of these little bastards off my front porch three weeks ago.
Yesterday afternoon I get a knock on my door:
“Hey, what the hell was that about?”


9 posted on 04/15/2013 6:26:58 AM PDT by golux
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To: Red Badger

“They’re huge, they move around, they look like they’re looking at you ... communicating with you, and people enjoy them for that,”

Really? Ugh!


10 posted on 04/15/2013 6:27:28 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Red Badger

So liberals have managed to transfer their genes to snails, eh?


11 posted on 04/15/2013 6:27:35 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: ClearCase_guy

Lack of strict gun laws.


12 posted on 04/15/2013 6:27:51 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Truth/Lies; Liberty/Tyranny--WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??)
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To: Red Badger

13 posted on 04/15/2013 6:28:49 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: golux

Should have offered him a margarita........with lots of salt........


14 posted on 04/15/2013 6:29:19 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Bush’s fault


15 posted on 04/15/2013 6:30:10 AM PDT by shadeaud (We need to learn to know what our enemies are truly creating)
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To: Red Badger

Put a bounty on them.


16 posted on 04/15/2013 6:30:27 AM PDT by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: Red Badger

May I suggest a lightly sprinkled with salt.


17 posted on 04/15/2013 6:30:37 AM PDT by Quick Shot
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To: ClearCase_guy; windcliff
Is this because of Global Warming? Or is it because of Sequestration?

No and no. You forgot the obvious. They want a path to citizenship.

18 posted on 04/15/2013 6:31:07 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Red Badger

19 posted on 04/15/2013 6:31:21 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Red Badger

Byonce and her rapper lover brought em back from Cuba.


20 posted on 04/15/2013 6:31:52 AM PDT by shadeaud (We need to learn to know what our enemies are truly creating)
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To: Red Badger

I for one welcome our new giant snail overloards and would remind them that an astute internet commenter would be a valuable asset in their quest for world domination.


21 posted on 04/15/2013 6:33:42 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Philly has a bunch of the other.


22 posted on 04/15/2013 6:34:01 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Red Badger

We need to open up our borders to the French....


23 posted on 04/15/2013 6:36:31 AM PDT by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: Red Badger

Could someone please explain why the world’s supply of vermin, parasites, and incurable diseases always seem to originate from Africa?

I’m surprised that these things do well in South Florida, given the number of rats, possums, racoons, armidillos, and water birds. Are they poisonous?


24 posted on 04/15/2013 6:36:55 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Red Badger

25 posted on 04/15/2013 6:37:10 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: Red Badger
As the article indicates, you shouldn't oughta eat these things, garlic butter or no garlic butter. There's plenty of stories of people eating these and getting deathly ill.

We had these little gems on Guam when I was stationed there in the late 70's. Running over them with the lawnmower was almost like running over big rocks. You had to do a sweep of the lawn before mowing to clear them all out.

26 posted on 04/15/2013 6:39:52 AM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: Red Badger
Solution: Garlic butter......

The snails also carry a parasitic rat lungworm that can cause illness in humans, including a form of meningitis

You can have my share.

27 posted on 04/15/2013 6:40:03 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Red Badger

28 posted on 04/15/2013 6:41:37 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: SampleMan
Could someone please explain why the
world’s supply of vermin, parasites and
incurable diseases always seem to
originate from Africa?
0'ButtCrack's fault...

29 posted on 04/15/2013 6:42:17 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: fidelis
There's plenty of stories of people
eating these and getting deathly ill.
I think Andrew B. (No reservations) ate some was sick for days....

30 posted on 04/15/2013 6:46:39 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: All

I’ll send my wife and her family down. They’ll eat these in no time.


31 posted on 04/15/2013 6:47:27 AM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: Red Badger

In a related story: Millions of slugs causing problems for US taxpayers


32 posted on 04/15/2013 6:48:55 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: fidelis

Second solution.....

33 posted on 04/15/2013 6:54:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger
pretty much anything that's in their path and green

Can we train 'em to attack enviro-weenies?

34 posted on 04/15/2013 6:57:04 AM PDT by TheBigB (I voted 4 Obama & all I got was this lousy t-shirt & 15 mins in the back of a Prius with Sandy Fluke)
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To: fidelis
There's plenty of stories of people eating these and getting deathly ill.

Ought not to be a problem if you cook them thoroughly... and I bet a couple-three of these would make a nice pot of chowder.

35 posted on 04/15/2013 6:59:09 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Is this because of Global Warming? Or is it because of Sequestration?

The answer to pestilence: 2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

36 posted on 04/15/2013 7:00:09 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: Red Badger

Target practice!


37 posted on 04/15/2013 7:00:20 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: Red Badger

Gives a new meaning to “salting the earth”.


38 posted on 04/15/2013 7:02:29 AM PDT by Eye of Unk
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To: from occupied ga; fidelis; Red Badger
There's plenty of stories of people eating these and getting deathly ill.

The snails also carry a parasitic rat lungworm that can cause illness in humans, including a form of meningitis

Zap the critters with 700 RADS of gamma radiation first and they’ll be fine.

39 posted on 04/15/2013 7:02:39 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: poobear; All

40 posted on 04/15/2013 7:03:53 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Red Badger

Escargo!! Quick, call in the Emergency Response Team fom the Food Channel and have Guy Fieri report it all.


41 posted on 04/15/2013 7:04:06 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: central_va

42 posted on 04/15/2013 7:08:04 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell, Huxley and Rand warned us about 0bama's USA)
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To: SampleMan
Could someone please explain why the world’s supply of vermin, parasites, and incurable diseases always seem to originate from Africa?

Marx was German, Ingalls was British, Lenin and Stalin were Russian, and Mao was Chinese. Africa does not hold a monopoly but they do have some bad stuff there. I worked in Nigeria for two years. It is a hell hole.

43 posted on 04/15/2013 7:12:46 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: Red Badger

The heck with garlic butter!!

Go to your local hardware store, obtain a big flat-face hammer, paint it orange, and use only that hammer wearing workgloves since there is a health hazard, to smack the heck out of these things!!! They can’t make more of themselves when they are squished!

Or, get a 5 gallon bucket with a top .... fill it a little more than half full with water, and add in two small boxes of kosher salt. Knock the snails into the bucket, until there is a possiblility of sloshing the water out of the bucket. Snails and salt do not mix. empty the bucket in the appropriate sidewalk drain.


44 posted on 04/15/2013 7:13:55 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Red Badger
How about a cooking contest?......Snail-on-a-stick, Python fritters, catfish sushi?.......

Albatross!!

45 posted on 04/15/2013 7:14:13 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: cpdiii
Marx was German, Ingalls was British, Lenin and Stalin were Russian, and Mao was Chinese.

I was speaking of the non-homosapien variety, but point taken.

46 posted on 04/15/2013 7:16:30 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Red Badger

Little bit of garlic, some butter and maybe cilantro, problem solved.

Oh and a nice cold bottle of Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay...

Burp!!!


47 posted on 04/15/2013 7:16:32 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: shove_it

I swear thas a guy with a wig and breast pads.


48 posted on 04/15/2013 7:16:56 AM PDT by Eye of Unk
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To: shove_it

I swear thats a guy with a wig and breast pads.


49 posted on 04/15/2013 7:17:20 AM PDT by Eye of Unk
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To: golux

ROTFLAMO!!!!


50 posted on 04/15/2013 7:17:25 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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