In this photo taken in miami in may 2015 it covers a researcher s entire hand. A large giant african land snail about 8 inches long.
The first record of this snail in the continental united states dates back to the late 1940s in a california seaport.
How did the giant african snail get to the us. It was reintroduced in 2011 and eradication efforts are currently underway. This snail species group is not only strictly prohibited from entering the u s. 1 introduced range edit.
Achatina fulica is a species of large land snail that belongs in the family achatinidae it is also known as the giant african land snail. The giant african snail was first found in the u s. Snails in the genus achatina e g achatina fulica the giant african snail are specifically prohibited for both interstate movement and importation into the u s.
With their shiny brilliantly striped shells and bodies up to 8 inches 20. This snail species has been considered a significant cause in pest issues around the world. It shares the common name giant african snail with other species of snails such as achatina achatina and archachatina marginata.
Regulated organism and soil permits. The giant african snail lissachatina fulica or gas was first found in southern florida in the 1960s and it took 10 years and 1 million to eradicate it. This snail that stands out for its large size has easily adapted to life in regions outside its natural habitat and is considered one of the biggest land snails.
As the name suggests the giant african snail is native to africa but it has spread through accidental import and intentional smuggling. In florida in the 1960s and took approximately 10 years and 1 million to eradicate it according to the u s. Department of agriculture usda.
28 2019 photo a giant african snail makes its away along a tube inside a building in havana cuba. 2 in asia the snail is present in much of the south east. The giant african land snail is native to east africa especially kenya and tanzania.
Gas is one of the most damaging snails in the world because it consumes at least 500 types of plants and can cause structural damage to plaster and stucco structures. The shell of the giant african snail reaches up to 7 8 inches in length and 2 7 3 9 inches in height. How giant african snails have spread.
The giant african land snail has a near global introduced range. In late 2003 and early 2004 several giant african land snails along with many eggs were seized in wisconsin by the united states department of agriculture s animal and plant health inspection service aphis. But is safeguarded when discovered.