Folks in Florida not only have to contend with alligators and flying roaches, now they get giant snails, too.
How big are we talking about? THIS big:
Giant African land snails can grow to be as long as 8 inches and consume at least 500 different types of plants. They also destroy stucco and plaster.
“They leave excrement all over the sides of houses. They’re very nasty,” Feiber said. “These things are not the cute little snails that you see.”
They also pose a health risk by carrying a parasite that can cause meningitis in humans.
Apparently the snails were smuggled from Africa for religious purposes,
In 2010, officials began investigating Charles Stewart, a man who practices the African religion Ifa Orisha, the Miami Herald reported. Stewart was accused of using the snails in his rituals and
Are you sitting down?
investigators claim an African woman brought them to him by sneaking the snails under her dresses on flights to Miami, the Miami Herald reported.
No word on what her dry cleaning bills are like.
The last time Florida had a snail invasion, it took 10 years to get rid of them.
I wonder if we could ship them to France as escargot.