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#1    Saru

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:11 AM

Large numbers of hungry Giant African Land Snails have descended upon Florida in their thousands.

Sky News said:

A growing infestation of dangerous giant snails is threatening to damage buildings and spread illness through southern Florida, experts fear. Giant African Land Snails are being caught at a rate of 1,000 a week in the Miami-Dade county area around the city of Miami with numbers said to be increasing.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:11 PM

A snail the size of a rabbit that likes to eat plaster, learn something new everyday.


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:13 PM

At least it's a 'Giant Invasion' you could run away from...

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:21 PM

Oh, Lord.  Please don't let those things come too far north.


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:45 PM

size of a rabbit?? Maybe a very small dwarf rabbit,About 18cm long shell is pretty much fully grown.
They are becoming a quite popular pet in the UK but wouldn't survive for long outdoors here.


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 02:09 PM

Poor Florida.. There soon going to have no indiginous species of their own left.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 02:50 PM

Now, if they could get the invasive snails to only devour the invasive kudzu, the vine overrunning the southern US, then the invasion of the invasives might be inverted.


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 03:18 PM

Funny how the article calls them "animals".

Glad they're not in California. I have a thousand exotic plants in my backyard. An infestation could cost me thousands of dollars in plants.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 04:22 PM

Holy escargot Batman!


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 04:24 PM

View Posthighdesert50, on 15 April 2013 - 02:50 PM, said:

Now, if they could get the invasive snails to only devour the invasive kudzu, the vine overrunning the southern US, then the invasion of the invasives might be inverted.

I read somewhere a few years ago that kudzu is helping to replace the ozone layer, something we need.  I do agree that it's a PITA.


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 05:12 PM

Les Stroud and Bear Grylls will be happy as hell!


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 05:55 PM

Salt, lots of salt, that'll do the trick.


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 06:24 PM

They eat our crops and lands??? Let's eat them to compensate our loss of food!!!


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 07:15 PM

that's pretty awesome people not the whole danger to the buildings,plant life or humans all alike and evenly but what i mean is giant snails damn that's huge and pretty amazing as well.i did not know that some could grow that big up to a rabbit.nature always excites me in many ways and life.whether this is natural occurrence its still cool.just pour salt over them lol


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 07:21 PM

View PostOscar77, on 15 April 2013 - 01:45 PM, said:

size of a rabbit?? Maybe a very small dwarf rabbit,About 18cm long shell is pretty much fully grown.
They are becoming a quite popular pet in the UK but wouldn't survive for long outdoors here.
There you go!! Let's catch them and ship them over to the UK to sell as pets...

Wonder what will happen when they reach Lousiana and those French Cajuns start getting their hands on them.

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