Giant African Snail Destroyed

Giant African Snail Destroyed, Australian authorities in Brisbane recently had the chance to tackle a rather unexpected enemy to the country's natural ecosystems: a giant African snail that was found wondering around a yard in said city.

Sources explain that the snails belonging to this species can grow to measure a whopping 30 cm (about one foot) in length, and weigh an impressive 1 kg (roughly 2 pounds).

Given the fact that African giant snails are known to feed on about 500 different types of vegetation, it comes as only natural that this particular specimen was instantly recognized as a major threat to Australian natural ecosystems.

“Giant African snails are one of the world’s largest and most damaging land snails. Australia’s strict biosecurity requirements and responsive system has so far kept these pests out of Australia, and we want to keep it that way,” explained a specialist currently working with the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

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