http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2 … i-florida/ Workers from Florida’s Department of Agriculture are fighting a slimy and dangerous enemy: giant African land snails that have invaded a residential area in Miami-Dade County. “We have collected over a thousand so far and we have only just begun,” said Denise Feiber, Public Information Director for Florida’s Division of Plant Industry.
Florida Department of Agriculture/Division of Plant Industry
Investigators aren’t sure when or how the invaders slithered into town, but they are on a mission to eradicate the snails as fast as possible. Giant African land snails can grow to be as long as 8 inches and consume at least 500 different types of plants. They also destroy stucco and plaster. sounds like a new horror movie just in time for Halloween..!
LOL -- it's the GALS response to how the FDA has been treating them for the last several years. If anyone is caught keeping them as pets, they're confiscated and dropped in rubbing alcohol. I understand these critters can wreak havoc in humid, temperate climates, but they did it in the desert states too...
I don't know why, but I like snails. I remember bringing them into the house for their dinner, but my cat Dennis was afraid of them, so I had to put them back in the garden. However, for the past few years, every morning there is a trail of slime across my carpet, but I have never seen the snail. I always feel guilty, when I walk into the garden in the dark and hear the unmistakable crunch under my foot.