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Forget zombie invasion! There's something scarier attacking Miami, Florida, slowly right now. Reeeeal slow. Behold the invasion of the Giant African Land Snails:
Read more over at NPR's All Things Considered: http://www.npr.org/2011/09/17/140540662/miami-invaded-by-giant-house-eating-snails
They can grow to be 10 inches long. They leave a slimy trail of excrement wherever they go. They harbor the microscopic rat-lung worm, which can transmit meningitis to humans. And they will literally eat your house.
"They'll attach to the side of the house and eat the stucco off the side of the house," Gaskalla says. The snails are also attracted to garbage and pet food that's been left out.