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  • Snail as Big as a Tennis Shoe Running Amok in Florida

    07/31/2015 8:43:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 98 replies ^ | Jul 31, 2015 09:30 AM ET | by Kerry Sheridan
    The giant African land snail is causing problems for Floridians. Wikimedia Commons/Sonel.SA ========================================================================================================================= Florida plant detectives are on the trail of a slippery foe, an invasive African land snail that is wily, potentially infectious, and can grow as big as a tennis shoe. Play Video 8 Animals That Can Regrow Their Body Parts While humans are working on robotic arms and new limb technology, some animals can regrow their limbs on their own. How do they do this? DCI In the four years since Giant African Snails were discovered in Miami, they have slowly but surely spread to new territory,...
  • Disease-Riddled, Giant African Land Snails Are Invading From South Florida

    07/15/2015 9:59:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Orlando Weekly ^ | Mon, Jul 13, 2015 | Colin Wolf
    It might be time to salt the earth. Researchers are claiming Giant African land snails are spreading from South Florida and are carrying way more dangerous parasites then previously thought. A recent U.S. Geological Survey published in Journal of Wildlife Diseases, says previous research on Giant African land snails grossly underestimated how many of them are carrying rat lungworm, a parasitic worm that burrows into humans and can cause meningitis. USGS biologist and lead researcher Deborah Iwanowicz discovered the parasite increase by taking multiple tissue samples from the snails—as opposed to previous studies led by lazy scientists who only took...
  • Labrador retrievers help in fight against giant snail invasion in Florida

    09/01/2013 7:53:48 PM PDT · by Doogle · 18 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 09/01/13 | foxnews
    <p>Florida officials seeking to eradicate a species of giant snails that is invading the state are training Labrador retrievers to help in the fight.</p> <p>Reuters reports state agriculture authorities are engulfed in an aggressive extermination campaign to snuff out an invasion of Giant African Land Snails, one of the world's most destructive invasive species. Since the campaign started, authorities have collected 128,000 of the snails.</p>
  • Sea snail egg falls into boy's cut knee during beach vacation and HATCHES three weeks later

    08/15/2013 3:40:02 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 15, 2013 | Jennifer Smith
    When most of us go to the beach, the best souvenir we can hope for is sand in our shoes and maybe a shell or two. But for one little boy it was a little more exciting when a snail emerged from his knee following a trip to the beach. Four year-old Paul Franklin from Aliso Viejo in Orange County, was left baffled when the small creature appeared after his mother Rachael decided to squeeze his wounded knee which he had grazed after falling on rocks during a family camping holiday.
  • Deadly giant snail found in Houston

    05/08/2013 6:25:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 72 replies ^ | 05-08-2013 | By Andrew Rafferty, Staff Writer,
    Residents of a Houston neighborhood are being warned to stay away from giant African land snails after a woman found one in her garden and snapped a photo of it. The snails, researchers warn, are potentially dangerous to touch, in part because they can carry meningitis. Scientists have warned anyone who comes in contact with them to wash their hands thoroughly. "They also carry a parasitic disease that can cause a lot of harm to humans and sometimes even death," Autumn Smith-Herron, director of the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species at Sam Houston State University, told NBC Houston...
  • Thousands of giant snails causing problems for Florida homeowners

    04/15/2013 6:20:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 97 replies ^ | Published April 15, 2013 | Staff
    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...
  • Giant African Land Snails Return To South Florida

    09/15/2011 2:26:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 91 replies ^ | 09-15-2011 | Staff
    CORAL GABLES (CBS4) – They’re back. Giant African land snails which once took a decade to eradicate from South Florida have returned. Giant African land snails, considered to be one of the most damaging snails in the world, have been found in the Coral Gables area of Miami-Dade County, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Giant African land snail is one of the most damaging snails in the world because they consume at least 500 different types of plants, can cause structural damage to plaster and stucco on houses, and can carry a parasitic worm...
  • Devotees of Fla. man drank snail mucus in ritual

    03/12/2010 11:53:52 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies · 534+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 12, 2010
    MIAMI (AP) -- Devotees of a Miami man who claims to practice a traditional African religion say they were sickened when they drank the mucus of a giant African snail. Federal authorities in January raided Charles L. Stewart's home after receiving complaints. Stewart has not been criminally charged, but prosecutors and state and federal wildlife agencies are investigating. The giant African snail is prohibited in the U.S. without special approval.
  • Worshippers Ill after Gulping Snail Slime

    03/11/2010 4:19:54 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 25 replies · 637+ views
    ap ^ | March 11, 2010
  • "Holy" Snail-Sipping Doesn't Sit Well With Authorities (Religious Leader's Ritual in Trouble)

    03/11/2010 4:31:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 214+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Thu, Mar 11, 2010 | BRIAN HAMACHER persecution is nothing new, but drinking snail juice as part of your beliefs is a bit of a stretch. But ask Charles L. Stewart, of Hialeah, and he'll tell you his practice of drinking the slimy creatures' juices in healing rituals is legit. "I did not invent this. It's something that is part of our religion," Stewart told the Miami Herald. "It's not something meant to hurt anybody." But state and federal authorities claim otherwise. They raided Stewart's house in January, claiming he was illegally smuggling the Giant African Snails into the country after they received complaints that his...
  • Evolution study focuses on snail

    03/30/2009 10:11:35 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 353+ views ^ | 30 March 2009
    Members of the public across Europe are being asked to look in their gardens or local green spaces for banded snails as part of a UK-led evolutionary study. The Open University says its Evolution MegaLab will be one of the largest evolutionary studies ever undertaken. Scientists believe the research could show how the creatures have evolved in the past 40 years to reflect changes in temperature and their predators. The six-month study, starting in April, will ask people to submit data online.
  • PHOTOS: Odd, Identical Species Found at Both Poles

    02/15/2009 10:11:52 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 38 replies · 1,263+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | February 15, 2009
    Spinning a "mucus net" off its paddle-like foot-wings to trap algae and other foods, the swimming snail species Limacina helicinia is no bigger than a bean. But the discovery that it and at least 234 other species inhabit both Arctic and Antarctic waters is big news to biologists.
  • Radioactive snails lead to Spain-U.S. atomic probe

    10/12/2006 1:49:17 PM PDT · by Señor Zorro · 50 replies · 5,531+ views
    Reuters India ^ | 10/11/06
    Radioactive snails lead to Spain-U.S. atomic probe MADRID (Reuters) - The discovery of radioactive snails at a site in southeastern Spain where three U.S. hydrogen bombs fell by accident 40 years ago may trigger a new joint U.S.-Spanish clean-up operation, officials said on Wednesday. The hydrogen bombs fell near the fishing village of Palomares in 1966 after a mid-air collision between a bomber and a refuelling craft, in which seven of 11 crewmen died. Hundreds of tons of soil were removed from the Palomares area and shipped to the United States after high explosive igniters on two bombs detonated...
  • Sinister secret of snail's escape (Flame box crabs!)

    03/22/2006 8:06:03 AM PST · by Sax · 1 replies · 180+ views
    BBC News ^ | 3/22/06 | Richard Black
    Sinister secret of snail's escape By Richard Black Environment Correspondent, BBC News website Right-handed flame box crabs find left-handedness hard to swallow Snails with left-handed shells can have a big advantage in life - predators may find it impossible to eat them. That is the conclusion of research just published in the Royal Society's journal Biology Letters. Scientists from the US examined whelks and cone shells preyed on by the crab Calappa flammea. They found the crab is unable to open left-handed shells because it only has a tool for peeling them on its right claw; so it discards them....
  • New Zealand mud snail threatens NorCal's trout streams

    11/28/2003 6:21:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 169+ views
    Sac Bee via SF Chronicle ^ | 11/28/03 | AP - Sacramento
    <p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The tiny New Zealand mud snail is threatening Northern California's trout streams, officials say.</p> <p>The mollusk, which seldom exceeds 5 millimeters in length, can reach concentrations of 700,000 per square meter and can strip entire river systems of algae.</p>
  • Eating Snails Can Kill, Australian Medics Say

    10/19/2003 3:27:11 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 4 replies · 202+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 10-18-03 | Reuters
    Eating Snails Can Kill, Australian Medics SaySYDNEY (Reuters) - While escargot is the pride of French cuisine, eating common garden slugs or snails can be fatal. The Medical Journal of Australia made the discovery after a patient with mysterious symptoms was found to have eaten two garden slugs for a dare. A young man who showed puzzling symptoms over a period of weeks was diagnosed with human eosinophilic meningitis after eating the molluscs, which are hosts of the larval stage of a lung worm parasite, the Journal said. "Repeated questioning revealed that the patient had ingested, five weeks earlier for...
  • Government designates critical habitat for Kauai snail

    08/21/2002 9:28:28 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 258+ views
    Honolulu Star Bulletin ^ | Wednesday, August 21, 2002 | Anthony Sommer
    LIHUE >> The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated areas of critical habitat for Newcomb's Snail, a tiny freshwater snail found only in remote areas of Kauai. The designation does not create a "refuge" but does require "special management considerations" for any projects within the critical habitat that receive federal funding. Included in the critical habitat area are 12.3 miles of stream channel and 4,479 acres of adjacent lands. Most of the areas are within the Na Pali Coast State Park and three forest reserve areas managed by the state. The Newcomb's snail lives its entire life in the...