Apr 22, 2013
Count your blessings, Virginia
22 Apr 2013
Posted by Andrew Kantor
We may have stinkbugs and cicadas to deal with, but in Florida they’re battling giant snails.
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.
In some Caribbean countries, such as Barbados, which are overrun with the creatures, the snails’ shells blow out tires on the highway and turn into hurling projectiles from lawnmower blades, while their slime and excrement coat walls and pavement.