Gains made in Giant African Land Snail battle

Published On: Aug 29 2013 04:26:01 PM EDT
MIAMI -

Florida officials say they're winning the fight against the Giant African Land Snail.

Since making their first appeared in 2011, the state has vanquished nearly 130,000 of the pesky snails, which eat not only shrubbery and produce, but also stucco - an essential building material for Florida homes and offices.

Among those on the frontline battling this plague are the canine detectors, who sniff out the mollusks for their human partners.

In addition to destroying buildings and crops, the giant snails can also carry a parasite that causes a form of meningitis.

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