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Originally posted by ObvTruth
Whoa look at that f*****g pill bug!. Its bigger than a cat!
The USDA and APHIS consider these snails dangerous pests and takes its search for giant African land snails very seriously. According to APHIS, in the 1960s a boy smuggled in 3 of the snails into Florida, and these were subsequently released. Within seven years there were an estimated 18,000 of the creatures in the wild and it took 10 years and over a million dollars to eradicate them all. Obviously, establishment of significant wild populations in the US is a valid concern. Theoretically, because the snail hibernates in cold weather, it could survive and reproduce in most areas of the US.
reply to post by proob4
Text Although not really dangerous, the Giant Water Bug can give one a nasty bite. One person described the bite as very painful, causing the finger and whole hand to swell up dramatically, to the point where they lost all use of the hand,and remaining thus for about two weeks. If you are going to handle this insect, it should be done with care.
Originally posted by speculativeoptimist
Oh my god, run!!!!