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Nearly 3,000 Giant African Land Snails In New Port Richey So Far. Here’s What You Need To Know. I’ve done a lot of joking about the Giant African Land Snails. Like, “maybe we need choppers to drop salt,” and “escargot for all.”  Reality is – they can be a serious problem. They move slow, but the giants multiply fast, and destroy everything. Source TBT

  • Where Is The Quarantine Zone?

    Officials say the quarantine area has not changed, yet. Starts at the intersection of U.S. 19 and Ridge Road, moving East to Little Road and toward the South to Trouble Creek Road.

  • How Are There So Many?

    The Giant Snail has no natural predator enemy, and they lay up to 2,500 eggs a year. These giant snails can grow to 8 inches.

  • What is Rat Lungworm?

    Experts say it’s unlikely that we can get the parasite from touching an infected snail. But, I wouldn’t touch them. Or, if you do, wash those hands people! Rat Lungworm is a parasite that may cause meningitis in humans, and was detected in the giant snails. They call it a brain burrowing parasite that can cause excruciating painful migraines and other problems leading to meningitis. There have been no reported cases in humans in the state, even though the snails have infested South Florida several times.
    Giant Snail

  • How Bad Can It Be?

    These Giant Snails eat (destroy) hundreds of different types of plants and  adapt to destroy new plants in time. Infections for us can also happen after consuming unwashed produce that has or had the Giant snails on them. Officials say they can pose a serious threat to Florida crops.
    Giant Snail

  • What Can I Do?

    Do not touch! Don’t try to remove the snails yourself.  If you did need to handle a snail, use gloves, and wash your hands. If you think you have seen a giant African land snail is asked to call the state’s helpline at 1-888-397-1517.