“If you see one, don’t touch it or eat it”: the warning from the authorities in the US due to the presence of dangerous giant African snails

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Giant African land snails may seem like slow-moving, harmless animals.

But, in fact, they are “one of the most harmful snails in the world and a potential risk to human health”, according to US authorities who are hunting this invasive species.

“They are dangerous to our health because they carry parasites called lungworms, which can cause meningitis in humans,” Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said at a news conference earlier this month in Pasco County, on the west of the state.

“They consume at least 500 different plants, which makes them a clear threat to our agricultural and natural spaces.”