Move over Godzilla, there’s a new monster in town and it’s not exactly what you’d expect. That’s right folks, we have a snail problem. And not just any snail, but the Giant African Land Snail. According to News-Press, These slimy, slow-moving creatures have invaded Fort Myers and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is not taking this lightly.
In response to this snail invasion, a quarantine has been established in specific areas of Lee County. That’s right, we now have a snail quarantine. It is now illegal to move these giant snails or any regulated articles, including plants, soil, yard waste, debris, compost or building materials, within, through or from the defined quarantine area without a compliance agreement. It looks like these snails are now the kings of the quarantine zone.
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But why all the fuss? Well, it turns out that the giant African land snail is one of the most damaging snails in the world, consuming at least 500 different types of plants! These snails could wreak havoc on Florida’s agriculture and natural areas. Not to mention, they carry the parasite rat lungworm, which is known to cause meningitis in humans. So, it’s not just a snail problem, it’s a health problem too.
And how did these snails get here in the first place? Well, they’re actually illegal to import or possess in the United States without a permit. But someone must have snuck them in, and now we’re paying the price. It’s like a bad B-movie come to life.
So, what’s next for the snail invasion in Fort Myers? Will we see a group of scientists develop a snail-fighting robot or will we all have to start wearing snail-resistant suits? Only time will tell. But one thing is for sure, this snail problem has brought some unexpected excitement to Southwest Florida. Who knew a snail could cause such a stir?
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