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Dogs Assist in Florida's Fight Against Invasive Snails

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Florida officials seeking to eradicate a species of giant snails that is invading the state are training Labrador retrievers to help in the fight, Reuters reported.

| September 10, 2013

Florida officials seeking to eradicate a species of giant snails that is invading the state are training Labrador retrievers to help in the fight, Reuters reported.

Reuters reports state agriculture authorities are engulfed in an aggressive extermination campaign to snuff out an invasion of Giant African Land Snails, one of the world's most destructive invasive species. Since the campaign started, authorities have collected 128,000 of the snails.

The species has no natural enemies and can grow as big as rats. They devour plants as well as stucco and plaster in a hunt for calcium they need to grow their big shells and can cause massive property damage, Reuters reports.
Now the dogs are being trained to aid in the fight. They will join a team of 45 people who regularly search Miami for the snail.

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Source: Reuters

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