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PolitiFact Florida: Slimy truth about giant African land snails

No, not a joke. 

(photo via the Miami Herald)

Florida is now home to a slime-oozing plant-chowing snail the size of a teacup Chihuahua, and Adam Putnam wants to make sure that’s temporary.

The giant African land snail can grow up to 8 inches, live nearly a decade, devour indiscriminately, lay 500 eggs at a time and snack on stucco for the calcium to build its shiny brown shell striped with cream.

Sounds like Putnam has the right idea in getting on the snail case…  But just to reassure you, PolitiFact rates Putnam’s statement that the snails carry human meningitis only half true.

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