PUTNAM WARNS AGAINST GIANT LAND SNAILS
By Space Coast Daily // July 16, 2014
GIANT Snails are a triple threat TO FLORIDA
ABOVE VIDEO: They’re every gardener’s nightmare: giant snails the size of a man’s hand that eat up everything in sight, leaving only a slimy trail.
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – With inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport confiscating 67 Giant African Land Snails, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam issued a warning Tuesday about the destructive creatures possibly coming into the state through ports in Miami and other cities.
Putnam’s department has worked to eradicate the land snails, which can grow to 8 inches in length, since they were first detected three years ago in Miami.
The invasive species consumes at least 500 different types of plants, plaster and stucco and also carries a parasite that can cause a form of meningitis, according to a release from Putnam’s office.
“Giant African Land Snails are a triple threat,” Putnam said in the statement.
“Not only do they destroy plants and damage buildings, they are (a) risk to public health. We’re working hard to eradicate this invasive pest from South Florida, but it’s just as important to prevent any more from entering our borders. I appreciate the diligence demonstrated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in safeguarding our nation from threats such as these.”
Putnam’s office cited an Associated Press report about inspectors in Los Angeles seizing 67 snails that arrived earlier this month on a flight from Nigeria. The seized snails were incinerated.