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These Are Not the Snails You're Looking For...

A few weeks ago we told you about the giant African land snail, the slimy pest that grows as big as a rat and can eat through stucco and plastic (that story here).  They’ve become a real problem in Florida, and are multiplying quickly since one snail can produce 1200 eggs a year.  Not only can they eat their way through homes and gardens, they also carry meningitis and can even prove deadly to humans.  So earlier this week when a woman in Briar Forest found a very large snail in her garden, Houston started preparing for a full-on snail invasion.  But as it turns out, this is a classic case of mistaken snail identity!

Apparently the snail found in Houston is called the ‘rosy wolf snail’ and is often confused with the giant African snail, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  But this snail is one of the good guys – it actually preys on other snails that eat garden plants.  And the rosy wolf only grows to 2 to 3 inches in size, not like the mammoth 8-inch African land snail. 

So next time you see this guy, don’t panic.  Let him keep on sliming along, he’s keeping an eye on your plants. 

 

 

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