Destructive Giant African Land Snails on the Loose in Miami

Categories: News
African-snail-2.jpg
Giant African land snails have invaded Miami-Dade county, according to the state Department of Agriculture. The snails are one of the largest species in the world and have nasty habits like eating almost any type of plant in their path, causing destruction to homes, and making humans sick. To make matters worse they multiply fast. The snails haven't been seen in the wild in Florida since 1966. Back then they caused $1 million in damage and took ten years to get rid of.

"The Giant African land snail is one of the most damaging snails in the world because they consume at least 500 different types of plants, can cause structural damage to plaster and stucco, and can carry a parasitic nematode that can lead to meningitis in humans," says the DOA's press release.

The snails, which can grow up to 8 inches, also have both sex organs and can lay 1,200 eggs each a year. Once hatched the snails can live for nine years.

The 1966 outbreak was caused when a boy tried to bring three back to Miami from East Africa as pets. His grandmother released them into her garden, and then the snails began multiplying. The outbreak caused $1 million in damage, and it took Florida ten years to completely eradicate the population.

The snails are illegal to import. Though, this may be the first time the snails have been spotted in the Florida wild, a man was caught keeping the snails for religious purposes in Florida last year.

Charles L. Stewart of Hialeah smuggled the snails into the country, and made his religious followers drink the snails' mucus. Authorities were tipped off when his followers started showing up at hospitals complaining of violent illness.

If you happen to see one of the snails in the wild, the DOA asks you take the following steps:
Anyone who believes they may have seen a Giant African land snail or signs of its presence should call the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services toll-free at 888-397-1517 to make arrangements to have the snail collected.

To preserve the snail sample, Floridians should use gloves to put the snail in a zip lock bag, seal it and place it in a bucket or plastic container. They are advised not to release or give these samples away.
Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
15 comments
Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

More proof that nothing good come from Africa

J.R.
J.R.

These creatures - from the barack hussein continent - will soon apply for welfare, set-asides, EBT, WIC, housing, and job promotions based on race. Before you know it, they will appear in Google Maps StreetView pics as they bathe in public. 

randrand run
randrand run

ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES-AND NOW-YEEEEEEKS-THE GIANT AFRICAN SNAIL THAT ATE SOUTH FLORIDA! BON APPETITE,MY FRIEND!

smartpeople
smartpeople

Last time I checked mankind migrated from Africa originally.I guess you're right, sir sausage.

Have a nice day.

Josh737
Josh737

origin of your sorry butt learn history, real history.

Pats727
Pats727

You forgot his Teamsters SOB union card.

Josh737
Josh737

very good,bet you won the comedy contest at the gathering!!!!!!

J.R.
J.R.

That is just a theory.

J.R.
J.R.

LOL - I did. The Grand Prize is the innate ability to work hard, live within my means, abide by the law, and otherwise not be a leeching-upon-society scumbag. :)

smartpeople
smartpeople

"not be a leeching-upon-society scumbag"......

You mean, you're not a wallstreet banker or a Corporate CEO?

Have a nice day.

smartpeople
smartpeople

You have any idea what the price of bread, beef or water would be without government subsidies, idiotboy? You don't work hard. If you did, you might be the type to dig up a few books and read..feed your brain..learn about history and civics. You know, work hard  instead of regurgitating FOX strawman talking points instead of taking the lazy, Supremacist route.

Have a nice day.

Embarrassing.

smartpeople
smartpeople

My family fought in many wars. We all pay taxes to build roads, post offices, national parks and arms.I'm waiting for MY thank you.And while you're thanking me, tell your skanky relatives in Oklahoma and Utah to return all that free land that my ancestors gave to them in the government land grants. But I'm sure you have no idea what I'm talking about do you, Mr. "hard worker?"

Have a nice day.

smartpeople
smartpeople

J.R. Try not to swallow every single glass of koolaide that's placed in front of you. And please stop pretending not to be a bigot by posting nonsense about "race-based" promotions. We all know that what you're hoping for is continued lack of consideration for promotion for qualified persons of color and women (who you think are inherently unqualified) by the White male establishment. Being oblivious to how transparent you are seems to be the hallmark of the conservative.

Have a nice day.

J.R.
J.R.

Not at all. I pay quite a high percentage in taxes to support you and your family. I am awaiting my "thank you" card. 

Your Mom
Your Mom

I'm sure you leach upon society in your own special way. Loser.

Now Trending

Miami Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...