Giant snails on advance in Florida
Snails as large as rats are invading South Florida. Sure, they look adorable with their wiggling eye stalks, but like all destructive invasive species, they’re causing havoc not only in the Florida ecosystem, but in the lives of the people who live there. They can eat through plaster walls, consume vast quantities of the native vegetation, and the shells can puncture car tires. The snails have an unfortunate habit of leaving slime everywhere they go.
This problem is growing. An individual snail can produce 1200 eggs a year. They also carry a parasite that can cause illness in humans. Recently, experts gathered to determine the best way to eradicate the snails, including using bait designed to kill the snails, however that method could kill indigenous snails also.
You can read more about the snails at BBC news, and at gawker.com.