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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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Orlando Weekly (blog)

Orlando Weekly (blog)
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:47:41 -0700

Compared to Florida's long list of invasive species, the Giant African land snail is one of the most resilient. It can switch sexes and drop over 400 eggs a year. It can decimate crops by eating over 500 varieties of plants. And, it can lay dormant for ...
Times of India
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 13:26:15 -0700

PANAJI: The finding of a giant African land snail (GALS) near Goa University (GU) administrative building has once again brought to the fore lack of studies on a variety of invasive species of plant and animals in the state. GALS has been listed as one ...
Washington Post
Fri, 10 Jul 2015 07:19:58 -0700

Talk about a nightmare in slow motion. Giant African land snails, which abound in south Florida, are not only threatening to move beyond the Miami area, they're hauling some ugly passengers. A U.S. Geological Survey study released this week says ...

United States Geological Survey (press release)

United States Geological Survey (press release)
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 08:11:15 -0700

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. – The invasive giant African land snail is expanding its range in Miami, and with it, the range of the parasitic rat lungworm, according to new U.S. Geological Survey led research. Giant African land snails, along with other ...

Miami Herald

Miami Herald
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:38:57 -0700

The Giant African Land Snail first reached the U.S. when a Miami boy brought back three from Hawaii as pets and let them loose in his grandmother's backyard. The snail spread, but after a $1 million effort, they were believed to have been all captured ...


Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:41:15 -0700

While humans face little risk from the worm, it thrives on snails and will eat any slug, worm or soft critter living in soil. And its appetite is voracious. Robinson has seen pictures of a Giant African Land Snail -- another invasive marauder that is ...

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 ...

British Journal of Photography

British Journal of Photography
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 03:50:24 -0700

At once thrillingly vibrant yet strangely anachronistic, the market is the sort of place where you're as likely to pick up a goat's head or a Giant African land snail as you are hair extensions or an international phone card. It has been a focal point ...

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