10 Feb '12, 3pm

Unwelcome slimy guest! - Miami battles giant African snail invasion

Unwelcome slimy guest! - Miami battles giant African snail invasion

No one knows how they got there. But an invasion of African giant snails has southern Florida in a panic over potential crop damage, disease and general yuckiness surrounding the slimy gastropods. The U.S. and Florida departments of agriculture have mobilized 34 agents to battle the infestation and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is heading up an investigation into how the mollusks — which can be up to 8 inches long — arrived. "This is a big snail, a very big snail," says Suzi Distelberg , a district inspector for the Florida Department of Agriculture , as she probes one of the shells with a gloved hand. "No it's not empty, see... eeew. It's very heavy, you can tell the snail is still in there. "We've been told that they like to eat the stucco off the sides of the houses because it contains calcium, and the calcium helps to build their shells." The lissachatina fulica, or...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/miami-ba...

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