Asian Tramp Snail

Another of Florida’s fine examples of invasive, destructive wildlife, this petite (13mm) snail originated in Southeast Asia but has spread to many additional places, including Taiwan, the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, and Eastern Australia.

It eats live plants, especially growing vegetables or crops, making them a pest for gardeners and farmers. Asian tramp snails are most active in areas with tall grasses and high humidity (sound like Florida?) and can come in great numbers, to where the ground is coated with old shells. They are active after rainfall; when it is dry, they cling to a surface, withdraw into their shell, and estivate, waiting until it is moist again.

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