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Giant African land snail is the common name used to refer to two genera and three species within the family Achatinidae, a family of unusually large African terrestrial snails:

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Miami New Times

Miami New Times
Thu, 14 May 2015 05:08:40 -0700

The giant African land snail, native to East Africa, is one of the most damaging snails in the world. It consumes at least 500 types of plants, including everything grown in Florida as food. It can also cause structural damage to plaster and stucco and ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Tue, 26 May 2015 18:44:52 -0700

Endangered snails sent home to Tahiti from Detroit zoo. Effort to restore a south Pacific species that became extinct in the wild have put it on 'the road to being saved', zoo says. A Partula snail, left, is held next to a giant African land snail ...


Wed, 27 May 2015 20:56:15 -0700

That was the year when the Giant African Land Snail (Achatina fulica) was introduced to Tahiti and other South Pacific islands as source of protein. That effort went awry when the snails escaped and became crop pests, threatening the island's ...

KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest

KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:25:19 -0800

From parrots to pythons, monkeys to lionfish, Florida is home to hundreds of exotic and invasive species. Wildlife officials try to control some species; others, Floridians just learn to live with. And then there's the giant African land snail. It's a ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 03:35:37 -0800

Biosecurity officials intercepted the mollusc, which was carrying around six eggs, and prevented it from entering New Zealand. Giant African land snails, which can weigh over 35lb and grow to eight inches in length, are known as a ravenous species, and ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:18:27 -0700

Fagan said that, if touched, the Giant African Land Snail can release a worm that gets into a person's bloodstream and could cause meningitis. “A rare form of meningitis of which there is no cure for and can also cause other neurological issues such as ...
The Ledger
Fri, 01 May 2015 19:26:33 -0700

Other recently imported pests include laurel wilt, a fungal disease threatening Florida avocado production, and the giant African land snail, which attacks more than 500 plants and can carry organisms harmful to humans. With that record, a lot of ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:49:34 -0700

Hundreds of giant African snails seized in US. US captures 1,200 of molluscs, considered a delicacy by some, as they can affect eco-systems and spread diseases to humans. Giant African Land Snail. Giant African snails like these damage homes and crops ...

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