40,000 Giant African Land Snails Collected Since Beginning of Infestation
The Florida and U.S. agriculture departments announced the huge and disturbing haul. These things munch on more than 500 types of crops and can chew through a farmer's field like a bunch of stoned UM freshman who just ordered ten pizzas from Miami's Best. They also can eat through stucco and plaster of people's homes.
If you see one of these snails, do not -- we repeat, DO NOT -- tell it to go f**k itself. That's the last thing you want. These snails have both sets of genitalia and can reproduce on their own. They can lay 1,200 eggs a year, and once hatched, the snail can live up to nine years.
If you see a giant African land snail, instead call 888-397-1517 to report the sighting. Do not -- we repeat, DO NOT -- touch the snail. It is known to carry a parasite that can cause meningitis in humans.
Here's the FDOA's map from January showing where clusters of the snails have been found.
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