Rat-sized snail that eats car tires and can infect humans with deadly brain disease invading Florida
The southern part of the state is being invaded by the giant African land snail, a species of snail that can grow up to 8.5 inches in length and that snacks on stucco, car tires and 500 types of plants.
The giant snails can also carry a parasitic nematode called the rat lungworm that can lead to a form of meningitis
in humans who come into contact with the snail's mucus.
It's been less than two years since the first great African land snail showed its gelatinous-looking head in South Florida, but officials have already captured 117,000 snails and are capturing an additional 1,000 a week.
Officials battle giant, rat-sized snails in Florida [video] - latimes.com