Giant African Snails have sprung up in Miami.
According to the Miami Herald, the snails "are considered one of the most damaging land snails in the world.":
They eat at least 500 different types of plants, lay about 1,200 eggs a year, and can carry a strain of non-fatal meningitis. Prolific breeders, they contain both female and male reproductive organs and live as long as nine years.
They can be particularly devastating to agricultural areas and ecosystems and result in trade bans. Hailing from Eastern Africa, the snails are only allowed into the United States with special permits and for scientific research.
The snails can grow up to ten-inches long and four-inches wide.
The snails can eat through stucco and plaster, so people aren’t even safe in their homes!
Run for your lives!
But seriously, if U live in Miami, report any “suspicious snail” sightings to Miami Agriculture Officials.
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