City quarantined: a deadly giant snail was found there

Giant African snails have been considered “among the world’s most harmful snails” for their threat to both agriculture and human life. Mollusks can produce up to 1,200 eggs per year.

State officials on Tuesday placed a portion of Broward, Florida, under quarantine in an effort to eradicate the invasive, parasitic giant African escargo snail. The New York Post writes about it.

Residents will be able to move freely from the processing area, but will be prohibited from transporting any plant material that may contain mammoth eggs.

A 3.5-mile stretch of Miramar in Broward County, just 11 miles west of Hollywood, will be coated with a metaldehyde-based molluscide to kill giant African snails after at least one was found in the area earlier this month. Mollusks can produce up to 1,200 eggs per year.

Giant African snails have been considered “one of the most harmful snails in the world” due to their threat to both agriculture and human life. These snails carry a parasite called mouse lungworm, which can cause meningitis in humans. They also have the ability to destroy vegetation and are known to feed on over 500 plant species.

The state of Florida has dealt with this snail twice since it was first discovered in 2010. Miami-Dade County was last quarantined at a cost of $23 million. It ended in 2021 after collecting about 170,000 snails.

Previously Focus wrote that the diver had found a large megalodon shark tooth. Michael Nastasio has been looking for them for 12 years. Megalodons were the largest sharks that ever lived and were found anywhere in the world. They could exceed 18 meters in length, and each of their teeth was the size of an adult’s palm.

It was also reported that the boy discovered the remains of a prehistoric mollusk. A nine-year-old fossil hunter made the discovery of his life when he stumbled upon a 200-million-year-old ammonite.

Source: Focus


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