Giant African snails seized from schools

Giant African SnailsCNN reports that giant land snails have been seized from Wisconsin classrooms by federal health officials.

The snails are illegal in the U.S. because they reproduce quickly, eat native plants (as many as 500 different varieties), and can transmit meningitis via their mucous trails.

“In 1966, a Miami boy smuggled three Giant African Land Snails into the country. His grandmother eventually released them into a garden, and in seven years there were more than 18,000 of them. The eradication program took 10 years, according to the USDA.”

Yikes! This is a good example of an “invasive species.” The article also notes that “people who have the snails without knowing they are illegal will not face punishment.”

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