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Florida invaded by giant snails


Posted on Monday, 15 April, 2013 | Comment icon 45 comments


Image credit: CC 2.0 Rui Almeida

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

The troublesome molluscs can grow to the size of a rabbit and can chomp through not just vegetation but plaster as well, posing a risk to buildings. To make matters worse the snails can also carry dangerous parasites capable of infecting humans. Officials have been doing what they can to stem the menace to prevent the state from being overrun by the slimy invaders.

"It becomes a slick mess," said Denise Feiber of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. "[The snails attack] over 500 known species of plants ... pretty much anything that's in their path and green." As many as 1,000 of the snails have been caught and removed every week in some parts of the state.

"A growing infestation of dangerous giant snails is threatening to damage buildings and spread illness through southern Florida, experts fear."

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Comment icon #36 Posted by Allterspace on 20 April, 2013, 20:46
Is that what has been leaving those slippery trails on the side walk at night? That doesn't quite explain the one left on the copy machine at my work. I'll have my secretary keep a lookout!
Comment icon #37 Posted by kwin on 21 April, 2013, 6:16
We have all of our 'terrorist security' standing around our airports, while hundreds of invasive species infiltrate our communities, farms, forests and waterways from Asian carp to Zebra Mussels.
Comment icon #38 Posted by AsteroidX on 29 April, 2013, 0:38
Run away children !!
Comment icon #39 Posted by libstaK on 29 April, 2013, 12:19
Exactly what I was thinking - a meningitis type illness is not something I would risk. Of course, the cooking process and the copious garlic everyone is using may be enough to kill the Rat Lungworm, or they could be commercially bred in sterile conditions with no rat lungworm. I would want a guarantee they were worm free before I considered trying one.
Comment icon #40 Posted by pallidin on 29 April, 2013, 16:46
That's good to know. Wasn't aware of any of that.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Mistydawn on 3 May, 2013, 17:53
gees, someone could make a load of cash if they sold them to the French!
Comment icon #42 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 on 7 May, 2013, 12:49
Ah, people should eat them. That would stop such an invasion, ja? Wait, what do snails taste like? I'll go to Florida and find out! XD
Comment icon #43 Posted by Artaxerxes on 7 May, 2013, 18:06
They are quite beautiful. Probably okay to eat if you cook them well done. Boil the hell out of them. The pull out of the shell, pull off the guts, and then chop the meat up very fine and mix with garlic and butter.
Comment icon #44 Posted by mysticwerewolf on 7 May, 2013, 21:31
I remember the one time I had escargot it tasted like old rubber tires and was just as tough. the garlic and butter and chives didn't cover the taste at all. If I were going to catch them I would try to find a way to do so with the shell in tack. I could then paint the shells and sell them to tourists
Comment icon #45 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 15 May, 2013, 3:44
*giggles* of course I want one now. And I've never heard of a snail used in a Santeria ritual . How odd


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