In our animal series; we have brought you coyotes, wild boars, and bears. Now we bring you SNAILS.
Believe it; Giant African Land Snails are here in Florida and multiplying rapidly. These giants are large terrestrial snails that can reach up to 8” in length and 4” in diameter (about the size of an adult fist). They are illegal in the United States and highly invasive; causing damage to residential buildings (by eating stucco), Florida agricultural and humans (by carrying parasites that are a risk to human health). In the past year, the Florida Agriculture Department has observed increasing agriculture and residential damage in the south Florida area. Scientists are making an effort to eradicate these snails before they spread into the counties of central Florida. Residents are urged to call the Department of Agriculture’s toll free number 1-888-397-1571 if they see a snail or know of anyone who is in possession of a one. For more information visit http://www.freshfromflorida.com/pi/gals/, or watch the 30 second public service announcement http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxSjkgci8xw&list=UUOEVfDmL7FdFVIAoQYZFZtA&index=4&feature=plcp