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UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

Giant African Land Snail by the Numbers July 29, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 5:03 pm

Update on the Giant African land snails that invaded our local environment according to FDACS/DPI. In Miami-Dade county only they collected more than 100 000 of these snails. Not so slow pest, after all, right?

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Division of Plant Industry

SnailLifeStagesGiant African land snails (GALS) were found in Miami-Dade County neighborhoods in September 2011. Since then teams from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry (FDACS/DPI)  have collected 125,000 of the mollusks. As eradication efforts continue, officials say a significant decline in the snail population shows the program is succeeding. Extensive surveys continue statewide, but the snail has not been found in any other county in Florida. The snails can grow to be eight inches long and attack more than 500 plant species. The snail can also damage structures by consuming stucco to obtain calcium to build its shell. Below are key numbers related to the snail eradication program.

9/8/11: Date the giant African land snail was discovered in Miami

500: Number of agricultural crops known to be consumed by the snail

8” x 4”: Maximum size attained by individuals of the species

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2 Responses to “Giant African Land Snail by the Numbers”

  1. Thank you for re-blogging this post. It is important to keep the public in Miami-Dade aware of the giant African land snail program.

    • Vanessa Says:

      The University of Florida Cooperative Extension in Miami-Dade has been training growers, landscapers and homeowners on this pest in collaboration with FDACS , CAPS and DPI inspectors and scientific staff!. Count with us for any outreach effort!!!

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