Broward County

Broward shudders as giant African snails cross border from Miami-Dade

BAG OF TROUBLE: Dr. Mary Yong Cong, a scientist with the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shows the African land snails she found in a yard in Davie. The invasive creatures previously had been seen only in Miami-Dade County.
BAG OF TROUBLE: Dr. Mary Yong Cong, a scientist with the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shows the African land snails she found in a yard in Davie. The invasive creatures previously had been seen only in Miami-Dade County. WLRN

A big fear of state agriculture officials isn’t a fear anymore. It’s reality.

The giant African land snails that have plagued Miami-Dade County — but only Miami-Dade County — for three years have now spread to Broward County.

A state rapid-response team has been digging up the huge mollusks at two properties in the Oak Hill neighborhood of rural Davie since Wednesday.

Florida Department of Agriculture spokesman Mark Fagan says 26 snails were found the first day and as many as 60 on Thursday.

To read the full story go to WLRN.com

You can reach Rick Stone at rstone@MiamiHerald.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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