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Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

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September 17, 2011

In southwest Miami, a small subdivision is being called "ground zero" of an invasion by a destructive, non-native species.

"It's us against the snails," Richard Gaskalla, head of plant industry for Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

That's the Giant African Land Snail, to be precise. They can grow to be 10 inches long. They leave a slimy trail of excrement wherever they go. They harbor the microscopic rat-lung worm, which can transmit meningitis to humans. And they will literally eat your house.

"They'll attach to the side of the house and eat the stucco off the side of the house," Gaskalla says. The snails are also attracted to garbage and pet food that's been left out.
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

Them thar are biggens.
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

no wonder people keep bringing them in, they are freakin' awesome!

Sounds like a great pet to me, I say what happens to Miami happens to Miami. I really don't like the people there for the most part and I'm not a fan of how people act like it's so great.

Besides, Miami will be under water soon enough, let the snails live free. I mean, Miami is full of People who really shouldn't be there either so sounds fair to me.
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

Say hevvo, to my liddle'fends.
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

I, for one, welcome our new snail overlords.
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

Guilty!
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

Pffft. Just get everyone down there to fill their pools with beer. Problem solved.
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Can they be ridden?

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Waiter there are snails on her plate. Now get them out of here before she sees them! Look away, just look away, keep your eyes that way! You would think that in a fancy restaurant at these prices you could keep the snails off the food! There are so many snails there you can't even see the food! Now take those away and bring us those melted cheese sandwich appetizers you talked me out of!
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

I wonder how they would taste baked, with lemon and fresh garlic..........................
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

I had no idea snails got that big. If I saw one of those things hanging from the side of my house I'd probably shit my pants.
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

I've seen those in Hawaii. They hiss.
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Nerd!

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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

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Waiter there are snails on her plate. Now get them out of here before she sees them! Look away, just look away, keep your eyes that way! You would think that in a fancy restaurant at these prices you could keep the snails off the food! There are so many snails there you can't even see the food! Now take those away and bring us those melted cheese sandwich appetizers you talked me out of!

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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

here the pic from the article:

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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

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I wonder how they would taste baked, with lemon and fresh garlic..........................
Snail cleaning and cooking with Abi
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Pffft. Just get everyone down there to fill their pools with beer. Problem solved.
And this on the ground...

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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

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I've seen those in Hawaii. They hiss.

Dear god.
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

Could be worse, could be the Great Pink Sea Snail.
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

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here the pic from the article:

They shit quarters? Give me a dozen!
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

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I had no idea snails got that big. If I saw one of those things hanging from the side of my house I'd probably shit my pants.
Ironically, the majority of Florida residents do that regularly even if they don't see anything hanging from the side of their house.
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

On the whole, I'm ok with this. Proceed snails.
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

Ok, anything that carries an organism with the words "rat" and "worm" in the name should be hunted to extinction.
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Re: Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

I don't think there are an native species left in South FL. They should just close off that portion of the state and let the invasive species beat up on each other.

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