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Rat-Sized Snails Terrorize Florida

Just another fun way Florida's earning that title of Weirdest State Ever!

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Just when you think Florida's reached the pinnacle of its weird-o-meter, an infestation of rat snails throws you for a loop!

Miami is reporting that more than 1,000 giant African land snails are being caught each week. And, to really scare you, a horrifying 117,000 have been collected since September of 2011. Dems a lotta snails.

If you're wondering what all the fuss is—they're just snails, after all—these molluscs grow up to a whopping 7 inches. Oh, and did I mention that they eat through stucco and plaster? That's right, homeowners, they'll eat your house. Hide your kids, hide your wife!

Bonus points: They also carry a parasitic rat lungworm which can cause all sorts of fun illnesses, like meningitis. (Though to be fair to the rat snails, there have been no reported cases of meningitis…so far.)


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