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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Here is Another Good Reason to Vacation in Louisville.

We here at Life Explained would like to bring you a bit of good news, for a change.  After looking high and low, near and far, digging through mountainous piles of newspapers, and looking at what seemed like thousands of "reputable" on line sources we could not find any, so we thought we would bring you another reason to vacation in Louisville.

(Reuters) - South Florida is fighting a growing infestation of one of the world's most destructive invasive species: the giant African land snail, which can grow as big as a rat and gnaw through stucco and plaster.

A Giant African land snail is seen in this handout picture from the Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Plant Industry taken September 9, 2011. REUTERS-Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Plant Industry-Handout
More than 1,000 of the mollusks are being caught each week in Miami-Dade and 117,000 in total since the first snail was spotted by a homeowner in September 2011, said Denise Feiber, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and consumer Services.

Residents will soon likely begin encountering them more often, crunching them underfoot as the snails emerge from underground hibernation at the start of the state's rainy season in just seven weeks, Feiber said.

In some Caribbean countries, such as Barbados, which are overrun with the creatures, the snails' shells blow out tires on the highway and turn into hurling projectiles from lawnmower blades, while their slime and excrement coat walls and pavement.

As if Florida doesn't have enough problems.  Invasive species of pythons munching on the gators, wild boars, black rats, and fire ants.  Hurricanes, tropical storms and traffic jams.  If the heat and humidity don't get you then a rat sized snail, with the ability to eat buildings, turned into a "hurling projectile" covered with  "slime and excrement" will.

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