This Giant African Snail Is As Big As A Human Head – And Thousands Of Them Have Invaded Florida

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Snails aren’t everyone’s favorite creepy crawlers, so the thought of a giant-sized one is the stuff of nightmares for some. But when Florida suffered from an infestation of them, chaos erupted for a different reason. Consequently, authorities readied extermination squads to fight the menace.

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If you thought giant gastropods were consigned to campy horror flicks, then we’ve got a surprise for you. Say hello to the Lissachatina fulica, also known as the giant African land snail. Although the prospect of an 8-inch slimer sounds terrifying, they’re actually kind of cute.

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At least, exotic pet lovers think so, although locals in their native habitats have a very different opinion. These giant snails originate in East Africa – unsurprisingly, given their name – where they have a maligned reputation. In fact, they’re considered pests in populated areas.

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