Florida battles slimy invasion by giant tire-puncturing snails

ERJ staff report (BC)

Orlando, Florida – South Florida is fighting a growing infestation of one of the world’s most destructive invasive species, reports Barbara Liston of Reuters.

The culprit is the giant African land snail, which can grow as big as a rat, cause tire punctures when its shell is run over, and gnaw through stucco and plaster.

More than 1,000 of the molluscs are reported to be caught each week in Miami-Dade, and 117 000 in total since the first snail was spotted by a homeowner…

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