Florida eradicates invasive Giant African Land Snail, officials say

Officials announced Florida eradicated the African land snail, an invasive species that damages homes and spreads a parasite.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Florida officials announced on Wednesday that the state has eradicated the Giant African Land Snail.

The invasive species that eats stucco, plants and spreads a parasitic nematode that can cause meningitis in humans.

“This truly is an exciting day for our state and for our country,” Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said near Douglas Park in Coral Gables.

Officials said the last time someone in Florida reported the snail was in 2017.

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