INVASIVE SNAILS EATING FLORIDIANS OUT OF HOUSE AND HOME, LITERALLY

Invasive Snails Eating Floridians Out of House and Home, Literally

Several invasive species have made Florida their home, including the Burmese python and the perhaps lesser known but no less destructive giant African land snail. These snails can grow to be as big as rats and even carry a parasitic rat lungworm that can sicken humans. They devour over 500 species of plants and are also particularly fond of stucco, a building material that contains calcium needed for their shells—shells so sharp they have been known to puncture tires. Over 100,000 of the snails have been captured since they were first spotted in Florida in September 2011, but with each snail capable of producing 1,200 eggs a year, the battle is far from over. More… Discuss

 

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