Skip to comments.Thousands of giant snails causing problems for Florida homeowners
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......
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?
How about a cooking contest?......Snail-on-a-stick, Python fritters, catfish sushi?.......
The are hard as a rock. Not like domestic snail shells that will crush between your fingers.....
Is this because of Global Warming? Or is it because of Sequestration?
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?”
“They’re huge, they move around, they look like they’re looking at you ... communicating with you, and people enjoy them for that,”
So liberals have managed to transfer their genes to snails, eh?
Lack of strict gun laws.
Should have offered him a margarita........with lots of salt........
Put a bounty on them.
May I suggest a lightly sprinkled with salt.
No and no. You forgot the obvious. They want a path to citizenship.
Byonce and her rapper lover brought em back from Cuba.