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Update: Snail found in Jacksonville yard is not house-eating snail

9:16 PM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A snail found in the backyard of a Westside Jacksonville home this week is not a Giant African Land Snail according to the Florida Department of Agriculture.

Experts with the department identified it as a Florida Rosey Wolf Snail which is a native to Florida and not an invasive pest.

The Giant African Land Snail is one of the most damaging and largest snails in the world, and it can literally eat your house causing structural damage to plaster and stucco. Thousands have been found in the Miami-Dade County area. None have been found on the First Coast.

The Department of Agriculture's fact sheet can be helpful in identifying Giant African Land Snails. Click here to see the images. http://www.freshfromflorida.com/pi/gals/images/snail-id-sheet.pdf

If a resident believes they have identified a Giant African Land Snail, call the Florida Department of Agriculture hotline at 888-397-1517.

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