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Dep't Of Agriculture Warns Of Arrival Of Giant African Land Snails In U.S.

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 15: Louis Lodyga, Environmental Supervisor Division of Plant Industry with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shows the media a Giant African land snail that had been collected and identified as part of a population of the invasive species in Miami-Dade county on September 15, 2011 in Miami, Florida. 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. An effort to eradicate the snails is being launched. The snail is one of the largest land snails in the world, growing up to eight inches in length and more than four inches in diameter. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Giant African land snails threaten U.S.

Florida land owners are panicking once again as Giant African land snails are threatening vegetation. This invasive species was first spotted two years ago, and can eat through stucco and plastic as well as many species of plants, threatening the natural ecosystem in Florida.