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South Florida is dealing with an invasion of giant land snails.
They can grow as large as rats (the biggest measure eight inches long), and can eat their way through plaster and stucco.
More than 1,000 are already being caught per week in Miami-Dade County, and that number is set to swell when the 'mollusks' end their underground hibernation. Since September 2011, 117,000 have been caught.
According to a Florida Department of Agriculture rep, the snails eat "over 500 known species of plants ... pretty much anything that's in their path and green."
And that's not all: Their shells can blow out tires; their slime can make sidewalks slick; and they carry a lungworm that can give humans meningitis (though no U.S. cases have been reported).
They're also tough to eradicate, since one typically produces about 1,200 eggs per year and can live up to nine years. The last invasion, in 1966, took $1 million—and about a decade—to deal with.
HERE'S a picture of the massive snail.