MIAMI (CBSMiami) — South Florida is gaining ground on the large, slimy Giant African Land Snails that first appeared in the region two years ago.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said, Thursday, 128,000 of the snails have been destroyed, but there is still work to do to prevent the snails from spreading.READ MORE: Monday Marks First Day You Can Begin Filing Your Federal Tax Return
The Giant African Land Snails are known for eating more than 500 species of plants and they even eat stucco which helps to build their shells according to agriculture officials.READ MORE: Miami Weather: Coldest Air Of The Season Arrives In South Florida
In addition to being a threat to agriculture, the snails can carry a parasite that causes meningitis in humans.
State officials said the snails have no natural enemies and reproduce rapidly.MORE NEWS: Missing Coral Springs Man Miguel Negron Has Been Found
Commissioner Putnam said a group of snail sniffing dogs is designated as the “snail detector dog team” and assists finding the pesky mollusks.