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Giant Snails Invade Florida 245

Posted by samzenpus
from the slow-doom dept.
Edgewood_Dirk writes "First spotted in 2011, Giant African Land Snails have migrated to Florida, and are causing massive agricultural and social problems in the state. Hugely destructive to crops, the creatures themselves are dangerous, in that they are able to gnaw through stucco and plastics, will eat almost any organic material, their shells are hard enough to pop tires on the freeway and become shrapnel when run over by lawnmowers. Over a thousand are caught each week in Miami-Dade County and their numbers are only growing as more come out of hibernation. They also carry a form of rat lungworm which can cause meningitis in humans, although no human cases have been reported yet."
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Giant Snails Invade Florida

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  • Pythons (Score:5, Funny)

    by dtmos (447842) * on Monday April 15, 2013 @12:15PM (#43453419)

    I'm hoping we can get the pythons to eat the snails.

    • You don't need pythons. The lizards will prevail
    • I'm hoping we can get the pythons to eat the snails.

      Good idea! We could then get the tourists to eat the pythons! The foot chain - revised!

      • Good idea! We could then get the tourists to eat the pythons!

        Or the pythons to eat the tourists; either way, we win!

        Maybe we can get VisitFlorida.com [visitflorida.com] to promote braised Burmese Python with African Snail under glass au jus as a local delicacy. I mean, it worked for oysters. . . .

  • time to import some predators

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 15, 2013 @12:18PM (#43453457)

    Giant snail racing. Hell yes.

  • by SomewhatRandom (1299167) on Monday April 15, 2013 @12:20PM (#43453479)

    Am I the only person that pictured an elderly retiree running from a giant snail in a slow motion chase after reading the title of the article?

  • Salt the roads? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 15, 2013 @12:23PM (#43453507)

    It sounds like it's time to salt the roads in Florida.

  • Make it a criminal offense to eat them. They will be "poached" out of existence.
  • by Eldragon (163969) on Monday April 15, 2013 @12:32PM (#43453585)

    Top general Erwin Gastropod calls it Schildkrötenkrieg

  • "If you got a ham sandwich in Jamaica or the Dominican Republic, or an orange, and you didn't eat it all and you bring it back into the States and then you discard it, at some point, things can emerge from those products," Feiber said.

    Remember kids, finish your oranges just in case there are baby snails in there. Don't discard, digest!

    • "If you got a ham sandwich in Jamaica or the Dominican Republic, or an orange, and you didn't eat it all and you bring it back into the States and then you discard it, at some point, things can emerge from those products," Feiber said.

      This public service message brought to you by the Pork Council and American Fruit Growers Association.

    • by fermion (181285)
      Given that it is florida, and given that the cargo ships and airplanes do go between Florida and Africa on a regular basis, I suspect most of this is due to shipping. This is generally the manner in which invasive species read a new land. Ships creww bring them or they stow away in cargo. While international ait travel can bring human level type contagions, it is cargo and large sea vessels that bring in the disruptive fauna and flora.

      For example, though flowers from africa represent a small portion of

  • Rename Time (Score:5, Funny)

    by ThatsNotPudding (1045640) on Monday April 15, 2013 @12:46PM (#43453707)

    "First spotted in 2011, Giant African Land Snails have migrated to Florida..

    Whoever named these things might have missed one of this species' abilities.

    • by danlip (737336)

      I don't think they did it on their own :)
      The wrong word in that sentence is "migrated"

    • Basic rule in naming species and diseases with geographical names: Good? Use American. Bad? Use Asian/African

      Examples: California Candor, Dwarf Alberta Spruce, American Redwood, Canadian Maple

      African killer bees, African land snails, West Nile virus, Madras eye, Burmese python

  • by wjcofkc (964165) on Monday April 15, 2013 @12:47PM (#43453717)
    At this point I say we just evacuate and wall off Florida for fifty years and then take a peek and see how natural selection works this whole mess out. I'm half serious. I realize FL is home to all of these previously foreign creatures because the creatures themselves fit the environment they have been released into despite being foreign, but they will adapt and spread in response to both fighting for resources and further climate change. Although I suppose 50 foot pythons in the sewers of New York might take care of the rat problem.

    Whew! Long time no post!
  • Wasn't that already one of those craptastic SciFi, made-for-TV movies?
  • steak sauce, im thinking the problem can be eradicated fairly quickly.
    http://eideard.com/2009/07/04/how-to-prepare-african-land-snail-for-dinner/ [eideard.com]
  • by superdave80 (1226592) on Monday April 15, 2013 @01:10PM (#43453909)
    ...heeeereee.....theyyyyy...commmmmme. Ruuuuunnnnn!!!
  • A little bowl of flat beer in the garden works well on the normal variety of snails and slugs. So to handle these monster snails just set up a few troughs of imperial stout.

  • Well, do you ? :)
  • The Gastropod Americans who might have entered the country without proper documentation should not be discriminated against, and they deserve a path to citizenship too.
  • by ilsaloving (1534307) on Monday April 15, 2013 @01:42PM (#43454277)

    Before you can do anything, you need to become acquainted with some basics about the land snails.

    Conveniently, someone provided an excellent summary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTV23B5gBsQ [youtube.com]

  • by RevWaldo (1186281) on Monday April 15, 2013 @02:09PM (#43454523)
    Isn't that kinda, y'know, a useful ability? I'm picturing steel compost bins full of snails and old deli containers.

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