Sunday, August 3, 2014

Photo of the day - is this the invasive Giant African Land Snail? Found Sun 8/3/14 on the edge of Palmetto Bay / Cutler Bay

The things you can see while taking the morning ride along the Old Cutler Bike Trail.  Is this (yet to be fully confirmed) a Giant African Land Snail that I ran across today, Sunday, 8/3/14, on the path at (theoretical) 18551 Old Cutler Road?
Is this, or is this not a Giant African Land Snail?
There are many places in Palmetto Bay where you can spot invasive species. Click on the label "Invasive species" to see the various articles.  This is the first time that I may have seen a Giant African Land Snail. See: Giant African Land Snail and Giant South American Snails: Field Recognition (a download able .PDF field identification resource)

I recommend reviewing the official Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website: Giant African Land Snail
Scientists consider the giant African land snail (or GALS) to be one of the most damaging snails in the world because it is known to consume at least 500 different types of plants, and can pose a serious health risk to humans. These snails could be devastating to Florida agriculture and natural areas because they cause extensive damage to tropical and subtropical environments. GALS are illegal to import into the United States without a permit. If you have seen one of these snails please contact the Division of Plant Industry (DPI) helpline 1-888-397-1517. 
Report any sightings. 

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