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04-16-13, 10:26 PM #1
Rat-sized snail that eats car tires and can infect humans with deadly brain disease invading FloridaThe 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 ofmeningitisin 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
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