Giant African Snail found in Wisconsin

February 6, 2004 - 11:16

The giant African snail has once again been
discovered in the United States, in Wisconsin. The USDA- APHIS seized more than
80 specimens from two pet stores and a private breeder in November.

In 1966, three snails of this species were brought
into Florida by a boy after a trip to Hawaii. His grandmother eventually
released the snails into her garden and several years later over 18,000 snails
were found, along with eggs on the shores. At that point they were eradicated
at a cost of $1 million, which took approximately 10 years according to
USDA-APHIS. This snail is now present on several Caribbean islands.

  The
giant African snail is considered to be one of the largest and most damaging
land snails in the world, as it is known to eat over 500 different types of
plants. As part of a nationwide alert, the USDA will seize all live snails in
the Achatinidae family.

For more information go to the UF/IFAS Pest Alert
Web site at http://extlab7.entnem.ufl.edu/PestAlert/ style='color:black'>

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