Snails

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MIAMI (AP) — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says they're making great strides in the fight against the Giant African Land Snail.

During a news conference in Miami Thursday, Putnam said Florida sees a lot of strange things, but these snails are at the top of the list.

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Rat-Sized, Housing-Eating Snails Invade South Florida

Apr 15, 2013
Reuters, Florida Department of Agriculture

(Reuters) - South Florida is fighting a growing infestation of one of the world's most destructive invasive species: the giant African land snail, which can grow as big as a rat and gnaw through stucco and plaster.

More than 1,000 of the mollusks are being caught each week in Miami-Dade and 117,000 in total since the first snail was spotted by a homeowner in September 2011, said Denise Feiber, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.