Day: September 19, 2011

Attack the Block

 

 

 

 

 

Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails: ‘In southwest Miami, a small subdivision is being called “ground zero” of an invasion by a destructive, non-native species.”It’s us against the snails,” Richard Gaskalla, head of plant industry for Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.That’s the Giant African Land Snail, to be precise. They can grow to be 10 inches long. They leave a slimy trail of excrement wherever they go. They harbor the microscopic rat-lung worm, which can transmit meningitis to humans. And they will literally eat your house.’ (via NHPR)