NPR Reports that a small suburb in Miami is invaded by Giant African Land Snails. The article also gives a hint on the reproduction capability of these snails:
“Back in 1965 we had an introduction that was traced back to an elementary-aged child that had put two of them in his pocket in Hawaii and brought them back to Miami,” Gaskalla says. “Seventeen-thousand snails, a million dollars, and ten years, we eradicated them.”
With modern technology in communications and containment, I don’t think the current issue will be as bad as the 1965 incident. However, this incident shows the impact of irresponsible smuggling and handling of species.
Interestingly, there is a Telugu Novel in late 1970’s by Malladi Venkata Krishna Murthy. The story is all about how aÂ Giant African Land Snail smuggled into India causes havoc. One of my favorite childhood fiction.