Giant Invasive African Snails: Florida Residents Advised Not To Touch Or Eat Them

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Giant African snails can feed on 500 different plants.

Giant African land snails can look like slow, harmless animals, or even appetizing gastropods to some. But in fact, they are “one of the most harmful snails in the world and a potential risk to human health”, according to US authorities who are hunting these invasive species.

“They are dangerous to our health because they carry parasites called lungworms, which is also called meningitis in humans,” Nikki Fried, Florida’s commissioner of agriculture, said during a briefing. press earlier this month in Pasco County, Florida.

“They consume at least 500 different plants. Making them a clear threat to our agricultural and natural spaces.”

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